Grape Tree Flame hinted at ability in the summer but this is probably best left to FORTHEFUNOFIT, who can complete a good day for followers of the champion jockey. Only beaten three lengths when favourite for his debut at Southwell, there should be more to come from the Flemensfirth gelding. Kings River is preferred to fellow newcomer Veyranno of the others with ex-pointer Hot Whiskey N Ice and Towcester fifth Son Of Suzie returning from a break.
Forthefunofit (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra final 110 yards, 2nd of 12, 3l behind No No Romeo (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Hot Whiskey N Ice (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs, 3rd 1/2way, ld aftr 3out, chall & hdd bef last, no ch with wnr final 50 yards, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Didntitellya (11-7) at Bartlemy 3m ire ptp sft in May.
Kings River (FR) Lost World gelding out of Si Parfaite.
Son Of Suzie 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 5f out, outpaced by leaders final 2f, 5th of 13, 9l behind Ulzana's Raid (10-12) at Towcester 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in May.
Veyranno (FR) Anzillero gelding out of Nheyranne.
Grape Tree Flame 12-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 12l behind Balmusette (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jul.