Coach Lane has seemingly struggled against the handicapper since winning at Uttoxeter at the beginning of last month and may be best watched in a race taken to go to KILKENNY ALL STAR, who is preferred to Seeyaaj. Lucinda Russell's gelding showed improved form when running out the good winner of a Perth handicap last month and he has solid claims racing off a 6lb higher mark today. Don McCain's Jim Tango ran better at Kelso last time but probably needs some help from the handicapper and of more interest may be Tony Carroll's Chicago Alley, who has not been out of the first two home in his last four starts but does now have a career high mark to defy. The vote then goes the way of Sue Smith's Kilkenny All Star, who has shown gradual improvement in recent outings, finding The Kealshore Kid just a head too good last time and he can go one better today despite having to race off a 3lb higher mark.
Seeyaaj 8-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, chased leaders approaching 8th, led 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May beating Storm Prospect (10-6) by 3l, 8 ran.
Jim Tango (FR) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked winner, hit 4th, kept on from last, lost 2nd place last 50 yards, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Carrietau (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Kilkenny All Star (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Led, headed 5th, led again after next, ridden 3 out, soon strongly challenged, headed after last, rallied and soon led again, headed and no extra last strides, 2nd of 7, hd behind The Kealshore Kid (10-13) at Southwell 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Coach Lane 5-1 (11-6) Held up in 4th, pushed along 7th, ridden and outpaced when hit 4 out, stayed on to go moderate 3rd 2 out, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 6, 39l behind The Rocking Dock (11-11) at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Chicago Alley 6-1 (10-5) Held up, headway 9th, chased leaders after 4 out, led before next, mistake and narrowly headed 3 out, rallied last, edged right and led flat, stayed on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in May beating Indian Pipe Dream (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.