SHADOW DANCER is the one that they all have to beat and he looks capable of confining Kingsben and Carolina Lady to minor roles. Shadow Dancer puts his unbeaten record on the line as he bids to follow up from a bumper win at Uttoxeter and a success over hurdles at Market Rasen. He showed a good turn of foot to take the spoils in the latter contest where Kingsben was five and a half lengths back in third. Malcolm Jefferson's charge could struggle to reverse the form even on the revised terms as he is relatively exposed after nine runs over hurdles with his sole success coming over course and distance on his penultimate start. Black Apache and Flichity may be able to improve on the form that they showed in bumpers whilst this looks less competitive than the races Mr Logistics has been asked to contest. Carolina Lady has shown a modicum of ability but we're not looking beyond Shadow Dancer.
Kingsben 11-2 (10-12) Led, headed 6th, blundered last, one pace, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Shadow Dancer (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Shadow Dancer (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) Held up, ridden approaching 2 out, stayed on strongly from last, led towards finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Sep beating Kilcrea Asla (10-12) by 1l, 12 ran.
Black Apache (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 4f out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 25l behind Lightening Rod (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Brompton Brow (IRE) 28-1 (10-6) Chased leaders to over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 18l behind Barnie Magoodle (10-11) at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) gf in Apr.
Flichity (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 10th of 14, well behind Premier Sagas (11-4) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Mr Logistics (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Led, fell 1st, in a race won by You're The Top (11-0) at Kempton 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Puddington Bear 150-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Kingsben (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 11 ran.
Quelbal (FR) 100-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 14, 35l behind Ballybriggan (10-13) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Carolina Lady (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Held up and keen, headway after 3 out, every chance from 2 out until no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Valleyofthedolls (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.