Not the strongest start to Worcester's eight-race card but a good opportunity for SPACE TELESCOPE to get off the mark, possibly ahead of Sparkling Brook and Grand Award. Jonjo O'Neill's charge ran well enough when third here last time to be of serious interest, albeit off a 2lbs higher mark. That rise is at least in part negated by the claim of Ritchie McLernon and this son of Galileo is taken to find some improvement for the first-time blinkers. Sparkling Brook would've been of more interest over shorter but she does appear to have the stamina for this test and has claims. Last time the mare bumped into a well-treated rival when attempting to make all over 2m1f but that was only her fifth try over hurdles and there should be more to come. Grand Award won a bumper here but hasn't gone on from that, partly because he's struggled to settle in his races. Should this gelding do so there's a prize in him off this mark and there are no stamina concerns as he's won a point-to-point. Occasionally Yours got off the mark over course and distance last time but is no good-thing to go in again under a 7lb penalty having looked modest previously, Magnetic Pole has plenty of experience but is better over fences while Wisteria Lane needs to find plenty for the headgear tried here. Points Of View and Sagunt are others to consider but in a race that won't take much winning Space Telescope gets the vote.
Points of View 6-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway when hit 4 out, hit next, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 28l behind Seaquel (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Grand Award 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway after 7th, blundered 3 out, no impression after, 4th of 13, 15l behind Sahrati (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Sagunt (GER) 9-2 (11-5) In touch, ridden after 3 out, kept on under pressure flat, almost snatched 4th, 5th of 10, 6l behind Restart (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Space Telescope (IRE) 10-3 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden before 7th, mistake and close up last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Benmadigan (11-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Bingo des Mottes (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, hit 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, well behind Players Please (11-12) at Hereford 2m 1f 4yo nov stks (4) gf.
Occasionally Yours (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 5th, led after 7th, driven flat, stayed on, won at Worcester 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf beating Lygon Legend (11-6) by nk, 13 ran.
Golden Gem (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Led, headed 3rd, remained prominent, close 2nd 4 out, soon ridden and lost place, moderate 6th 2 out, 5th of 13, 30l behind Kylebeg Krystle (11-9) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Jan.
Magnetic Pole 13-2 (11-12) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd and every chance 3 out and next, 3rd when not fluent last, one pace flat, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 6, 8l behind Lord Gunnerslake (10-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Scotsbrook Cloud 16-1 (11-0) In touch on inside, hit 4th, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Mauritino (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf, 13 ran.
Rowan River 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway 4th, mistake 6th, weakened and bludered last, 6th of 13, 14l behind Monkhair (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Sparkling Brook (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Led after 1st, ridden and headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Mauritino (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Wisteria Lane (IRE) 7-2 (9-12) Close up behind leaders, held 2 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Vintage Fabric (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Glan Lady (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, mistake 5th, weakened well before 3 out, 7th of 9, 45l behind Monkhair (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs hcp hdl (5) gf.