An open-looking handicap in which several appear to have decent claims. King Penda is lightly-raced over fences and could figure if lasting home while it's impossible to fault the consistency of Esme Rides A Gaine, though Chris Wilson's mare is still 4lb higher than when successful over C&D more than 12 months ago. Bubby Breeze and Mansonien L'As should be thereabouts again off their current marks but it could be worth forgiving SHULMIN her latest run over C&D when she got behind early on and lost interest. She's well handicapped now and, on ground that will suit, can reverse that form with Finbin and land this.
Lutin du Moulin (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Led, headed after 4 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure from next, no chance with winner, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Harris Hawk (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
King Penda (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Held up in rear in touch, outpaced on outside after 5 out, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Harris Hawk (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Mar, 6 ran.
Esme Rides A Gaine 4-1 (9-11) With leader, led 5th, headed before 4 out, every chance last, soon ridden, kept on to chase winner towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Outlaw Tom (11-9) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Finbin (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Towards rear, pecked 1st, headway 15th, chased winner from 2 out, always held when hampered and lost 2nd place last, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Belmore Baron (10-10) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Bubbly Breeze (IRE) 9-2 (10-8) Led 2nd, headed next, remained prominent, led again 9th, headed 11th, led again 17th, headed 20th, every chance 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 11, 17l behind Dove Hill (11-12) at Hexham 4m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Shulmin 16-1 (10-5) Always behind, soon detached, pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Belmore Baron (10-10) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Matmata de Tendron (FR) 13-2 (10-3) Tracked leaders, led 11th, headed 14th, every chance when hampered 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 24l behind Dove Hill (11-12) at Hexham 4m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Mansonien L'as (FR) 12-1 (10-1) Prominent, lost place 4th, headway next, ridden approaching 3 out, went 3rd last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Cecily Parsley (10-8) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Art Gallery 25-1 (10-4) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 9, 36l behind Miss Abbey (10-11) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.