Trappy stuff with the top four all capable of taking a hand with just 4lb between the quartet on official ratings. The Disengager and Lamboro Lad are weighted to dead heat on recent running when the former prevailed by a couple of lengths and choosing between the pair isn't easy. Minella Stars is admirably consistent but continues to find one too good although he is expected to go close here. All of which leaves the in-form AMUSE ME, despite him being 18lb higher than when landing the first leg of his recent hat-trick. However, he keeps getting the job done with the minimum of fuss under the champion jockey and is well up to making it four on the bounce.
Minella Stars (IRE) 7-4fav (11-6) Held up, in last pair when hit 11th, ridden and went 3rd at 15th until before 4 out, went 2nd again 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 14l behind Rateable Value (10-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in May.
Amuse Me 15-8fav (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, challenged 7th, led 2 out, comfortably, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May beating Leath Acra Mor (11-7) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
The Disengager (IRE) 3-1 (10-8) Led until stumbled and unseated rider after 11th, in a race won by Pilgrims Lane (11-8) at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd, 7 ran.
Lamboro Lad (IRE) 10-3fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4 out, every chance 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 9, 2l behind The Disengager (11-2) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Danderry (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Tartan Tiger (11-0) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Miss Saffron 9-4fav (11-7) Held up in rear, headway after 9th, chased winner after 4 out, mistake 3 out, not fluent 2 out, hit last, no impression, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Amuse Me (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.