This looks tricky as Cash Injection was all out to win a weak-looking amateur riders' race at Exeter last week and has a preferred engagement at Fontwell. Agapanthus was raised 7lb after finishing second at Plumpton but Exemplary races off the same mark as when third at Ludlow and Two Mile Bridge may do better now going handicapping. DUKE'S AFFAIR hasn't pulled up any trees over hurdles so far but this is a marked drop in grade and he ran well here in a bumper in the spring. Jeremy Scott's charge gets a tentative vote with Matt Griffiths' claim a plus.
Pertinent (FR) 66-1 (10-4) Led until approaching 2 out, weakened between last 2, 5th of 10, 20l behind Rior (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hcp hdl (0-115) (4) gd.
Duke's Affair 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, 8th of 16, 35l behind Going Concern (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Exemplary 4-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, always prominent, effort 3 out, stayed on and every chance flat, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Rolling Dough (9-11) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Vexillum (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, headway after 3 out, never on terms, went 4th after 2 out, mistake last, 4th of 12, 25l behind Massena (11-6) at Wincanton 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Chance Encounter (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, chased leader, pushed along after 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 16, 22l behind Stand To Reason (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Two Mile Bridge (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Always in rear, behind from 7th, 7th of 8, 43l behind Junction Fourteen (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Cash Injection 7-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, led 5th, clear before 3 out, mistake 2 out, 3 lengths ahead last, just held on, all out, won at Exeter 2m 5f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft beating Bedouin Bay (11-3) by nk, 14 ran.
River Dancing (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along in 6th after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 5th of 16, 21l behind Stand To Reason (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Agapanthus (GER) 4-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, kept on from last, held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Shadarpour (11-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Spunky 50-1 (11-7) Always behind, 13th of 16, well behind Bathwick Junior (11-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.