Houndscourt was second over course and distance in March and filled the same spot at Stratford in April before disappointing at Ffos Las last time. He's the clear form pick but BALINDERRY is sure to have learned plenty from his run over a trip much too short at Market Rasen in May and Steve Golling's charge may represent better value. Wincanton third Church Hall doesn't appear to be improving but Speckled Door has to be worth a second look having won a couple of point-to-points already.
Balinderry (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, jumped slowly and lost place 3rd, struggling before 3 out, went remote 4th 2 out, 4th of 9, 25l behind Bowie (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Church Hall (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 4th until before 2 out where not fluent, soon beaten, 3rd and well held when not fluent last, 3rd of 8, 22l behind Billy No Name (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Houndscourt (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Disputed lead early, tracked winner, hit 5th, ridden and lost place approaching 3 out, no impression from next, 6th of 16, 26l behind Azure Aware (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Speckled Door 4-1 (11-7) Held up; hdwy 12; led app last; sn clr, won at Quorn 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Mr Madeit (12-0) by 3l, 10 ran.
Leap In The Dark 100-1 (10-5) Mistakre 1st, tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place before 5th, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Carraig Mor (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 12 ran.