ESCARDO was rather disappointing last time when looking to have good claims in an ordinary Worcester handicap, having previously finished a solid second to Lajidaal at Fontwell last month. This is a trappy little heat but David Bridgewater's charge is tentatively awarded the vote as the handicapper has given him another decent chance. Lidjo De Rouge belied advancing years with a smooth Stratford success last time and should go well again under a 7lb penalty with Richard Johnson booked. The veteran seems to have taken on a new lease of life since moving to Richard Hawker. C&D winner Maizy Missile looks sure to deliver her usual game account despite topweight, whilst Diamond Eclipse and Beherayn have also shown sufficient to play a part.
Maizy Missile (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, hampered 7th, ridden approaching 2 out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind The Grey One (10-3) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Beherayn 9-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led, clear approaching 3rd, hit 4th, mistake 6th, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 6l behind The Grey One (10-3) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Diamond Eclipse (IRE) 11-4 (10-3) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, mistake 5th, headway before 3 out, chased winner before last, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Sagredo (11-12) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
Lidjo De Rouge (FR) 9-2 (10-0) Held up in touch, headway 9th, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, stayed on to draw clear flat, won at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd beating Old Shyan (10-1) by 10l, 8 ran.
Tuskar (USA) 9-2 (10-7) Held up in last pair, blundered 5 out, beaten next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Stafford Charlie (9-11) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft, 9 ran.
All For Eve 25-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, mistake and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Qualypso D'allier (11-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft, 12 ran.
Escardo (GER) 11-2 (10-1) Tracked leaders, hit 2nd, not much room after 5 out, outpaced next, kept on under pressure from last, no impression, 5th of 9, 11l behind Stafford Charlie (9-11) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Silsula 7-2 (9-8) Jumped badly right virtually throughout, chased leader, reminder 6th, lost place and ridden 3 out, no chance with front pair before next, 3rd of 6, 39l behind Sahrati (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jun.
Youm Jamil (USA) 5-1 (10-3) Mid-division, hit 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 10, 20l behind Meridiem (11-8) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.