PARTY PALACE keeps defying the handicapper and two of her three recent victories have come over today's course and distance. Stuart Howe's mare is taken to grab another success before the assessor gets the upped hand. Dont Take Me Alive is probably the danger having touched off subsequent Worcester scorer Mighty Clarets at Market Rasen last month, though Jaja De Jau went close at Uttoxeter. Mount Vesuvius has shown himself to be better than a plater recently but the drop in distance probably isn't in his favour. Gud Day looks best of the rest dropping back in grade again.
Gud Day (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd and unseated rider, in a race won by Tom Wade (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun, 12 ran.
Dont Take Me Alive 5-1 (11-9) Towards rear, headway 3 out, ridden to challenge at last, soon led, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun beating Mighty Clarets (11-8) by nk, 10 ran.
Party Palace 11-4fav (10-8) Mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden after 2 out, went 2nd last, led flat, ran on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jun beating Macarthur (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Kayalar (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Chased leader, every chance 2 out, lost 2nd approaching last, weakened flat, 5th of 9, 8l behind Momkinzain (10-10) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistakes 5th and 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 40l behind Baccalaureate (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Mount Vesuvius (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Mid-division, tracked leading pair after 4 out, challenged next, led briefly approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Busted Tycoon (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Jaja De Jau 7-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway on inside 4 out, challenged next, led last, soon ridden, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Amistress (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gf in Jun.
Warsaw Pact (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) With leader, lost place before 3 out (usual 4 out), weakened from next, 9th of 13, 48l behind Shaddaii (9-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Zulu Principle 12-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 10, 49l behind Deux Etoiles (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in May.
Drawn Free (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) In touch, mistake 2nd, pushed along in 4th after 3 out, went 3rd before next, no extra in 4th between last 2, 4th of 11, 16l behind Planetoid (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Royal Peak (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, weakened before 3 out, hampered 2 out, 9th of 18, 20l behind Bach On Tow (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Calypso Star (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place after 3 out, weakening when blundered next, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Pour Changer (11-3) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.