SEXY REXY gets the nod on this return to action. Nigel Twiston-Davies has his horses in good form and he brought Major Malarkey back to win after a monster lay-off on Wednesday at Chepstow. This gelding was a Warwick winner in 2008 and can be expected to be fit and raring to go on this belated return. Mister Hyde seems to be getting the hang of things and he looks a stronger horse this year, Dan Buoy's flat form this year means he isn't discounted off a mark of 110. Chaim stays well but might be using this as a fitness run before heading back over fences, American World is deserted by McCoy but his good ground form this summer reads well, whilst True Grit is respected on this first start for Lucinda Russell. Flanagan and Evella look the best of the rest.
Evella (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, led after 4th, headed after 2 out, weakened flat, 7th of 18, 14l behind Ryde Back (10-5) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) sft in Mar.
Dashing George (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Chased leader, led before 6th, ridden and headed 3 out, soon no extra, 9th of 15, 10l behind One Back For Luck (10-6) at Kilbeggan 3m hcp hdl gd in May.
Flanagan (IRE) 6-4fav (11-1) Led 2nd, hit 2 out, clear approaching last, easily, won at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Azulada Bay (10-10) by 5l, 10 ran.
True Grit (NZ) 16-1 (11-10) Settled behind leaders, 5th when bad mistake 6th, soon lost place, 7th and no impression before 4 out, weakened, 7th of 8, well behind Jagoes Mills (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f nov chs sft in Feb.
American World (FR) 11-4fav (10-10) Held up in rear, headway after 9th to chase winner 3 out, switched left after 2 out, not fluent last, every chance flat, switched right soon after, no extra, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Barnhill Brownie (10-11) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jul.
Chaim (IRE) 3-1fav (11-9) Towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Elusive Muse (10-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Arctic Echo 16-1 (10-1) In touch, reminder after 11th, mistake 13th, soon weakend, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Carrickmines (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs (3) sft in Mar, 11 ran.
Global Flyer 20-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, tracked leaders approaching 11th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Firm Order (11-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gf in Oct.
Dan Buoy (FR) 28-1 (9-11) Held up, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 24l behind Quentin Collonges (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Mar.
Mister Hyde (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, shaken up approaching 2 out, switched right and and ran on approaching last, went 2nd close home, nearest finish, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Owen Glendower (11-4) at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs in Oct.
Sexy Rexy (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, weakened after next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Cannon Fire (10-0) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec '08, 9 ran.
Bellflower Boy (IRE) 11-4 (11-11) Led, bad mistake 1st, headed next, prominent, pecked 11th, every chance 3 out, bad mistake and lost 2nd 2 out, soon weakened, clambered over last, 3rd of 4, 50l behind Festival Dreams (10-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Oct.
Merry Music (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Never better than mid-division, well behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Gaspara (11-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 17 ran.
Manadam (FR) 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, ridden after 3 out, held in 4th when hampered and left 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Go Amwell (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Earcomesthedream (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Struggling in rear 5th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Ring Bo Ree (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jun, 9 ran.