COVERHOLDER made giant strides last season after opening his account in a seller. He will have needed his comeback run at Wetherby and can come out on top today ahead of the unexposed Upswing, who won over course and distance on heavy ground on his final start of last season. Smadynium showed nothing on his reappearance at Bangor while Phoenix Returns, One For Harry and Yorkist are all returning from a break and Overpriced has struggled in this grade in the past.
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 11-4 (10-8) Made all, pressed from 2 out, ridden after last, held on towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr beating Maggio (11-11) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
One For Harry (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, reminders after 4th and 5th, never dangerous, tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Chavoy (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Overpriced 40-1 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 15l behind Glencree (11-6) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Coverholder (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) In touch, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, 19l behind Stormy Weather (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Upswing 11-10fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, went 2nd before 3 out, led before last, pushed out, won at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar beating Rupert Bear (11-5) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Smadynium (FR) 8-1 (11-8) Mid-division, pulled hard, weakened 3 out, 6th of 8, 25l behind Tidal Way (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Yorkist (IRE) 10-3 (10-9) Led, headed 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 24l behind Trend Is My Friend (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in Apr.