Despite the double penalty, expect another sound effort from the so-far unbeaten Sir Johnson. Dome Run and Royal Guardsman also carry penalties for respective wins at Perth and Fontwell, while Merry King and Talkonthestreet both bring winning form into the race from the point-to-point circuit. Special Catch was third on his debut at Newcastle in February but the Reveley yard were more impressed with SWINGING SULTAN's effort at Market Rasen later that month. Despite racing wide, he swept to the front inside the final quarter-mile and it was only right on the line that he was collared by Anychancedave. Sure to know more now, he gets the nod.
Sir Johnson 4-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led 5f out, clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gs in Sep beating Lucia Bay (10-9) by 10l, 10 ran.
Dome Run 4-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 9f out, led 3f out, clear 1f out, ran on, won at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr beating Viking Chief (10-7) by 10l, 13 ran.
Royal Guardsman (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders and keen, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, hard held, won at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Apr beating Grabtheglory (11-4) by 11l, 14 ran.
Clovers Boy First Trump gelding out of Persian Clover.
Heart Dancer (FR) 7-4 (11-7) Bhnd when ur 7, in a race won by Classical Music (12-0) at Overton 2m 4f ptp gs in Feb, 12 ran.
Highrate (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, effort on inside to 3rd 4f out, went distant 2nd over 2f out, 2nd of 8, 27l behind Darlan (10-12) at Haydock 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Merry King (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs in 3rd/4th, fair 4th 2out, prog aftr 2out, ld last, so, won at Lismore 3m ire ptp gs in Mar beating Rally The Troops (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Native Flyer (IRE) Broadway Flyer gelding out of Native Success.
Parisian Charmer Paris House gelding out of Tea For Texas.
Salut L'as (FR) Kaldou Star gelding out of Kayas.
Special Catch (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, every chance before 3f out, weakened before 1f out, 3rd of 16, 10l behind Dark Glacier (11-11) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Swinging Sultan 20-1 (10-9) Held up behind, headway 5f out, chased leaders on outside over 3f out, led 2f out, ridden and wandered under pressure over 1f out, kept on until no extra and headed final stride, 2nd of 16, hd behind Anychancedave (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Talkonthestreet (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs in 3rd until ld/disp from 6th, cl 2nd from 5out until ld bef 2out where mstk, asserted cl home, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Apr beating Like It Or Not (11-7) by 9l, 12 ran.
The Goldmeister (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway over 6f out, ridden over 3f out, outpaced by leaders final 2f, 5th of 16, 14l behind Josh's Dreamway (10-11) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Total Rebellion (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Ld/disp until 2nd from 6out, cl 3rd from 2out until still cl 3rd but btn when fell last, in a race won by Castletownsend (12-0) at Liscarroll 3m ire ptp gd in Mar, 15 ran.
Victor Lynch (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, kept on to go 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Jukebox Melody (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Lucky Thumb Fair Mix mare out of Burdens Girl.
My Rainbow City 25-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened before 5f out, 8th of 13, 34l behind The Weatherman (10-9) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gs.