Royale Knight looks to be in the handicapper's grip now and the assessor also reacted with predictable gusto to Satou's wide-margin win at Uttoxeter. The grey is on a career-high mark here. No Loose Change is back in the right grade but also possibly too high in the weights while this trip might be a problem for Hell's Bay who, like Sheriff Hutton, has been hurdling recently. CITY PRESS wore down Rockiteer over 2m7f at Stratford last month with Double Chocolate a well-beaten sixth. Warren Greatrex' charge has more on his plate here but looks to be progressing nicely and may be up to the task. Iona Days and Full Of Joy also have a chance but Ballybough Gorta may need another run to put him straight.
No Loose Change (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Led until 2nd, pressed winner, led again before next where not fluent, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on same pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Otto The Great (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Hell's Bay (FR) 25-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, lost place and behind 4 out, headway approaching 2 out, ridden to take 2nd between last 2, no chance with winner, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Big Time Billy (11-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Jun.
Sheriff Hutton (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway after 6th, led 5 out, ridden and headed last, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 5l behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Five Star Wilsham (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up, mistake 1st, not fluent 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on approaching last, never nearer, 4th of 10, 9l behind Sail And Return (10-10) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Ballybough Gorta (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened after 4 out, 5th of 9, well behind Kanturk (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Satou (FR) 5-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 14th, led 5 out, drew readily clear from next, very easily, won at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun beating Call Me Mulligan (10-0) by 14l, 13 ran.
City Press (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Held up mid-division, chased leaders before 3 out, led last, kept on under pressure run-in, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun beating Rockiteer (11-10) by 1l, 12 ran.
Whispering Jack 14-1 (11-7) Led to 2nd, led 3rd, ridden and headed before last, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 19l behind Finger Onthe Pulse (11-11) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Iona Days (IRE) 4-1fav (11-1) Mid-division, headway before 5th, led 4 out, headed last, soon led again, stayed on, headed final 120 yards, held close home, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Fine Parchment (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in May.
Full Of Joy (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Tracked leader, pushed along before 4 out, weakened 2 out 2 out, 3rd of 6, 23l behind Eleazar (11-4) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jun.
Royale Knight 6-4fav (10-4) Prominent, led before 4 out, headed 3 out, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Well Hello There (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
Double Chocolate 11-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, weakened before 4 out, 6th of 12, 32l behind City Press (11-8) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Deb's Dasher 4-7 (12-5) (cp) led til hdd 13; led 3 out; ro wl, won at Torrington Farmers 3m ptp gf in Jun beating Roll On Rose (11-12) by 18l, 3 ran.