Despite being a little ponderous early on, MY FLORA looked a smart prospect when winning by 20 lengths on her debut under Rules at Bangor. She can continue on her upward curve with victory here. Upton Springs' second at Cheltenham was a very decent effort and she should make her presence felt but prolific pointer Sheknowsyouknow needs to up her game again, despite winning at Sedgefield earlier this month, and this is a better race than the one Dammam won at Cheltenham. Bobs Law and Enter Paradise may be the pick of the remainder.
Beau Traveller 25-1 (11-9) Led until 15th, 3rd and ridden after 2 out, pulled up before last, tack problems, in a race won by Abragante (11-13) at Kelso 3m 1f hts chs (4) gd, 8 ran.
Bobs Law (IRE) 1-7 (13-1) Made all; wl clr 11; unchall, won at Pentreclwydau 3m ptp fm, 3 ran.
Coombe Hill 7-1 (11-0) Eff 15; chsd wnr 2 out; no imp, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Findlay's Find (10-7) at Cothelstone 3m ptp fm.
Dammam 14-1 (11-3) In touch, dropped to mid-division 11th, mistake 13th, outpaced 4 out, rallied after next, soon ridden, challenged 2 out, led flat, kept on, won at Cheltenham 3m 1f hts chs (3) gf beating Now Listen To Me (11-3) by 2l, 17 ran.
Enter Paradise (IRE) 4-6 (12-0) Sn prom; led 15; clr 2 out, won at Tabley 3m ptp gf beating Broken Reed (12-0) by 5l, 6 ran.
Just Talking (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs til outpcd 14; 3rd & no ch when pu 2 out, in a race won by Cedrus Libani (12-7) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd, 9 ran.
Louis Pasteur (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Pulled hard, jumped right, led approaching 3rd, clear several times after and not always fluent, hit 12th, headed 21st, weakened after 3 out, clambered over last, pulled up, in a race won by Mid Div And Creep (11-3) at Cheltenham 4m 1f hts chs (4) gf, 7 ran.
Oca De Thaix (FR) 7-2fav (11-13) Prominent, hampered by loose horse when leading briefly after 9th, lost place 10th, behind 3 out, no impression after, 5th of 9, 25l behind Captain Marlon (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp hts chs (4) gf.
Pastek (FR) 40-1 (11-5) Pressed leader, led after 3rd until 6th, lost place next, rallied 9th, jumped slowly next, soon lost touch, 4th of 5, 33l behind Eleazar (12-2) at Uttoxeter 3m hts chs (6) gf.
Rosies Peacock 6-4 (12-4) Ap; led 14; clr 3 out; comf, won at Lydstep 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Pathian Prince (12-0) by 15l, 10 ran.
Thirtytwo Red (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) In touch, reminders and lost place 10th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Blackstaff (11-3) at Exeter 3m nov hts chs (6) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
My Flora 8-13fav (11-7) Held up in 5th, headway when not fluent 8th, lost place when jumped slowly next, closed again 10th, challenged 4 out, led after 3 out, soon clear, ridden after 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Bangor 3m nov hts chs (6) gd in Apr beating Sea Robber (11-9) by 20l, 5 ran.
Poppy Day 16-1 (10-7) In rear, not fluent 10th, behind 13th, left 5th and slightly hampered 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 31l behind Billyvoddan (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Ladies Hunter Chase (5yo+) (3) gf.
Sheknowsyouknow 5-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 2nd, jumped right next, blundered 2 out, pressed last, held on well last 100 yards, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hts chs (6) gd beating L'oudon (11-9) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Trifollet 22-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place after 3rd, hampered and left 3rd briefly before 9th, no impression 13th, ran on approaching last, went 2nd flat, no threat to winner, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Moment of Madness (11-11) at Stratford 2m 7f hts chs (5) gf in Apr.
Upton Springs 25-1 (10-7) Led after 1st, headed 4th, hit 8th, led again 10th, clear approaching 2 out, edged left and headed flat, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Billyvoddan (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Ladies Hunter Chase (5yo+) (3) gf.