Viking Chief went to Perth for a bumper when trained by Howard Johnson in 2011 and started favourite but couldn't get close to Dome Run, who was well beaten subsequently. FAIR LOCH joined Elaine Burke for £45,000 after a couple of reasonable runs last spring and, as he is likely to show some improvement, he's handed the vote in a race that shouldn't take much winning. Ivan Boru disappointed here in January after a promising start over the course and distance the previous month. Knockturnal is related to a decent winning bumper and is one to note but Table Bluff was beaten a long way on his debut at Ludlow and will need to do better.
Alls It Is 14-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, ridden 3f out, in 5th over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 11, 29l behind Orchard Boy (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (5) std in Jan.
Call Him Something (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of Stoned Imaculate.
Fair Loch 14-1 (10-5) Held up in touch in rear, headway 6f out, went 2nd brielfy over 2f out, soon ridden, one pace entering final furlong, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Billy Twyford (10-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May.
Ivan Boru (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in touch and keen, tracked leaders halfway, went 2nd over 7f out, one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Johnny Og (10-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Viking Chief (IRE) 13-8fav (10-7) Held up in touch, challenged 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 10l behind Dome Run (10-10) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr '11.
Wishfull Dancer (IRE) Hawk Wing gelding out of Sun Slash.
Billericay Allstar 66-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, tailed off halfway, 8th of 10, well behind Brijomi Queen (10-13) at Kelso 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy.
Knockturnal (IRE) Refuse To Bend mare out of Knocktartan.
Optical High Rainbow High gelding out of Forsweets.
Politeness (FR) 28-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 15, 24l behind Master Red (10-5) at Wetherby 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec.
Table Bluff (IRE) 50-1 (10-2) Chased leader until over 2f out, soon pushed along, outpaced final 2f, 4th of 5, 16l behind Centasia (11-4) at Ludlow 1m 6f NH flat (5) sft in Jan.
Noah's Wife Oscar filly out of Ostfanni.