Forever My Friend carries a penalty for Wednesday's win at Uttoxeter and beat Wait No More at Newton Abbot last month. He's not easily dismissed despite his weight burden but CRUCHAIN is just preferred. He went very close on a couple of occasions in May and can effectively race off a lower mark with Robert Dunne's claim taken into account. Baltic Pathfinder has the form to figure but a lengthy absence and fast ground are not in his favour while Peak Seasons was still beaten a long way despite finishing second at Southwell last time.
Forever My Friend (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Tracked leaders, challenged 11th, led 4 out, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf beating The Mad Robertson (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Cruchain (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Towards rear, headway before 13th, went 5th before last, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 13l behind City Press (11-8) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Wait No More (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 10, 12l behind Next Oasis (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Golden View (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Prominent, challenged after 4 out, not fluent 3 out, no impression on winner 2 out, lost 2nd before last, one pace, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Or d'Oudairies (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Rathnaroughy (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear, brought down 1st, in a race won by Bygones Of Brid (11-5) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) gd in Jun, 14 ran.
Baltic Pathfinder (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leader until not fluent 11th, mistake 3 out, went 2nd again next, led last, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Mar '12 beating Pensnett Bay (11-11) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Earth Planet (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, well behind Satou (10-13) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Civil Unrest (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd or when losing place 9th, well beaten 4 out, 8th of 11, 35l behind Strobe (10-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Cocoa Key (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led, mistake 8th, headed 6 out, tracked leader, pushed along after 4 out, weakened before next, 4th of 9, 25l behind Accessallareas (11-12) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May.
More Equity 8-1 (11-6) Always behind, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Sierra Victor (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jun, 12 ran.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, not fluent 4th, jumped right 5th and 7th, ridden 4 out, stayed on from 3 out, went 2nd soon after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 14l behind Strongbows Legend (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun.