Vardas Supreme went close to losing her maiden tag at Hexham 12 days ago and Samantha Drake takes off 7lb again here. But it could be worth taking a chance on the fitness of SACRE TOI, who has also shown signs of promise and usually in better company than this. Quinder Spring has won at Cartmel and Uttoxeter recently and is a danger, though he has to give 8lb to the selection. Bertie Milan also has claims but Soul Angel has failed to fire this year, though is back on a winning mark following a break.
Quinder Spring (FR) 7-4fav (11-1) Held up, headway when hit 11th, led flat, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs beating Dot Or Feather (11-12) by 2l, 8 ran.
Bertie Milan (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, weakened after 10th, went poor 4th from 15th, left remote 3rd before last, 3rd of 8, well behind Rolecarr (11-0) at Hexham 3m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Nov.
Oil Burner 11-4fav (10-12) Held up in touch, headway approaching 8th, in 4th and held when brought down 2 out, in a race won by Soll (10-12) at Newcastle 3m nov hdl (3) sft in Jan '11, 12 ran.
Sacre Toi (FR) 9-1 (11-1) With leader, reminders throughout, mistake 6th, effort 3 out, soon weakened, modest 3rd, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Noble Legend (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Apr.
Soul Angel 14-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, ridden after 5th, soon lost place, behind before next, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind The Thirsty Bricky (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Apr.
Pen Gwen (FR) 20-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, lost place 4 out, soon beaten, 7th of 8, 46l behind Ockey De Neulliac (10-9) at Hexham 2m 4f sell hdl (5) hvy.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) With leader, mistake 3rd, led 3 out, hung right from last, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Panthers Run (10-3) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy.