Banyan Tree faces a stiff task at the weights on his return from a break, while there may be too much give in the ground for Knight In Purple. Johns Spirit has to go on the short-list, however, having scored by six lengths at Stratford last month and Shadows Lengthen is a lot better than he showed at Wetherby two weeks ago. HOUSTON DYNIMO was conceding plenty of weight to the first two when only third at Carlisle last month. Back over his best trip here and with a 7lb claimer in the saddle, he can recapture the winning thread though the potentially well-weighted Arctic Wings is the type that will pop up when least expected.
Day of Destiny (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no threat from 3 out, weakened, 17th of 25, well behind Oneeightofamile (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Banyan Tree (IRE) 4-9fav (11-4) Led until 1st, led 3rd, mistake 6th, ridden after 3 out, headed 2 out, not ran on, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Dealing River (10-8) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Knight In Purple 4-1 (10-9) Behind, headway into mid-division 4th, outpaced 4 out, weakened from next, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Cygnet (9-9) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Jul.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led, headed before 2 out, chased winner until before last, soon weakened, 3rd of 12, 34l behind Super Duty (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Grey Gold (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Behind, under pressure 3 out, soon beaten, 9th of 14, 21l behind Arthurian Legend (11-6) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Shadows Lengthen 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division in touch, outpaced approaching 3 out, weakening when went left next, 16th of 18, well behind Ubi Ace (11-5) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.
Johns Spirit (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led and jinked right approaching 2 out, ran on well, clear flat, readily, won at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Oct beating Hes Our Lad (11-4) by 6l, 7 ran.
Shifting Gold (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, struggling 4 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Decoy (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd, 23 ran.
Arctic Wings (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, outpaced when switched right approaching next, weakened 2 out, 8th of 11, 25l behind Rumble Of Thunder (11-5) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.