Josses Hill was no match for the well-regarded Faugheen at Punchestown in May but will have learned from the experience and, now with Nicky Henderson, shouldn't be long in opening his account. But HELLO GEORGE only found one too good on his reappearance at Chepstow having also shown promise at Aintree in the spring. Philip Hobbs' charge can make it third-time lucky as he has the beating of Trevaylor Boy on that last run. Winning pointer Tara Road is worth a second look and may have more scope than May's Fontwell winner Lemons Ground and Ludlow runner-up Flying Eagle.
Lemons Ground 7-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely, just held on, won at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gs in May beating Act Alone (10-12) by hd, 7 ran.
Flying Eagle (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Held up tracking leading trio, stayed on to 2nd well over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 5l behind On Tour (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nhf (5) gd in Oct.
Hello George (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Took keen hold towards rear, headway on inside over 4f out, pushed along in 5th 3f out, ridden and went 2nd approaching final furlong, stayed on inside final furlong but always held, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Oscarteea (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Josses Hill (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway into 8th 6f out, ridden into 4th 3f out, no impression entering straight, kept on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 22, 22l behind Faugheen (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 5yo nhf gd in May.
Kaki Island (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Prominent, on terms after 6f, soon led, pressed into straight, soon headed and no extra, 5th of 8, 13l behind Prideofthecastle (11-9) at Limerick 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Mr Shantu (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, no impression 2f out, 8th of 13, 22l behind Ulzana's Raid (10-12) at Towcester 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in May.
Rendezvous Peak High-rise gelding out of Jurado Park.
Tara Road 5-4 (12-0) Ww, steady prog 4out, 3rd 3out, sn in command, easily, won at Rathmorrissey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Ed's Legacy (12-0) by 5l, 10 ran.
Trevaylor Boy (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Took keen hold chasing leaders, led narrowly 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until approaching final furlong, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Oscarteea (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Wunfurlez Kayf Tara gelding out of Fairlead.
Viking Mistress 3-1fav (11-4) In rear, headway before 3 out, one pace and no impression, 8th of 10, 13l behind Reves D'amour (10-7) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in May.