Bohemian Rhapsody will surely be picking up a handicap hurdle off his current mark some time soon and looks one of the leading players from the foot of the weights. His Excellency is returned to timber and is 10lb lower than over fences. Bobowen may be taking this in as a sharpener prior to a return to fences but his yard merits maximum respect with their runners. Barizan ran a cracking race when runner-up in the Swinton Hurdle which places him right in the frame, along with top weight Vulcanite who arrives in search of the three-timer. Course and distance winner AS I AM goes very well for young Conor Shoemark and represents one of the shrewdest handlers around. She may well still be capable of improving on already decent form so gets the nod.
Vulcanite (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 7th, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, not fluent last, shaken up run-in, kept on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in May beating Zarzal (11-5) by 4l, 6 ran.
As I Am (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Made all, clear after 2nd until before 3 out, ridden approaching last, stayed on well, very game, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares listed nov hdl (1) gd in Apr beating Emily Gray (10-12) by 3l, 9 ran.
Barizan (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Led until before 2nd, tracked leader, led again before 3 out, clear 2 out until approaching last, driven flat, headed close home, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Ballyglasheen (10-10) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in May.
Join The Clan (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, headway when not fluent 3 out, never on terms, no extra last, 9th of 13, 28l behind Broadway Buffalo (10-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in May.
Bobowen (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up, hit 3rd, mistake 10th, no impression on leaders from 3 out, hit last, 8th of 12, 10l behind Majala (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
His Excellency (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders on inside, hit 11th and lost place, unable to get back on terms with leaders, stayed on same pace from 3 out, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 12, 7l behind Majala (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Darroun (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Led after 1st, headed 4th, driven next, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind First Avenue (11-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.
Detroit Red 20-1 (11-6) Led, hit 2nd and headed, ridden before 3 out, every chance 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 9, 30l behind Roman Flight (11-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Solix (FR) 7-2 (10-5) Led until 9th, ridden 11th, lost place next, soon weakened, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Scotch Warrior (10-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Apr, 9 ran.
Highway Code (USA) 6-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, lost place 11th, 6 lengths 4th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Titchwood (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May, 6 ran.
Get Home Now 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 33l behind Enchanted Garden (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Bohemian Rhapsody (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside chasing leaders after 4 out, went 3rd between last 2, soon ridden, stayed on to 2nd final 150 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Oliver's Gold (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Ballinalacken (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, closed after 7th, went 2nd after 3 out, unable to trouble winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Elmore Back (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in May.
Royale's Charter 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place when not fluent 3rd, not fluent 6th, ridden and no impression 3 out, stayed on flat, 5th of 11, 21l behind Detroit Red (10-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in May.