COOL OPERATOR is chanced despite top-weight. Howard Johnson has his horses in good form and this gelding should be effective off this attractive mark of 115; he could probably do with the ground drying up a bit however. That's a comment that applies to No Supper, the classy flat horse Simonside and the mare Zahara Joy. Kings Guard is far from discounted with the ground in his favour and along with Golden Future, with Timmy Murphy an interesting jockey booking, and the Irish challenger Kilbrannish Hill, a Perth winner last time, he helps make this a competitive heat.
Cool Operator 11-2 (11-11) Led hit 5th, narrowly headed after 3 out, stayed challenging until no extra last, 5th of 9, 4l behind Breaking Storm (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Apr.
Pyracantha 10-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, ridden 2 out, weakened after last, 7th of 14, 20l behind Grand Diamond (10-10) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Kilbrannish Hill (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, prominent, went 2nd 7th, not much room 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Pegasus Prince (10-7) by 2l, 10 ran.
Palm Reader (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Prominent, lost place after 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Pagan Starprincess (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Euro American (GER) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened from next, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Lawgiver (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Apr.
Golden Future 12-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division and keen, headway approaching 2 out, one pace from last, weakened final 150 yards, 8th of 13, 10l behind Midnite Blews (9-11) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Heart O' The West (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Always behind, 10th of 16, 49l behind King O'the Gypsies (11-1) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
The Joker (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Badly hampered after 1st, progress halfway, 4th 4 out, no impression from before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 9, 34l behind Ilikeyou (10-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 in Mar.
No Supper (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 5th, chased leaders after 4 out, led approaching 3 out, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in, won at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating World Of Events (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Isitcozimcool (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, well behind Bow Badger (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Daytime Dreamer (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) With leader and keen, led after 3rd, headed 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 12, 39l behind Jeu De Roseau (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Kempski 33-1 (10-0) Chased leader until after 5th, weakened appropaching 7th, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Hearthstead Dream (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in May.
Zahara Joy 9-2fav (9-11) Led to 4th and keen, ridden to regain lead 2 out, headed approaching last, weakened flat, 5th of 11, 13l behind Amir Pasha (9-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Knockbaun Prince (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Led, fell 3rd, in a race won by Riverscape (10-5) at Perth 2m clm hdl (4) sft in Sep, 7 ran.
Cocoa Key (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Close up, driven after 5th, soon in rear, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Crazy Bold (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Simonside 4-1 (11-5) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, jumped right and weakened 2 out, 5th of 10, 26l behind Do It For Dalkey (10-3) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Nov.
Kings Guard (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, steady headway 2 out, led going well before last, shaken up and drew clear flat, won at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar '09 beating Finbin (10-11) by 4l, 11 ran.