Danandy bids to follow up last week's Worcester victory under a penalty but this is a better race and he might fall short. Strumble Head was only fourth in this last year and races off the same mark while Velator appears to have lost his way and is best watched until showing signs of a revival. Whistling Senator represents last year's successful combination but conditions may have gone against the top weight. It was soft going when UNION JACK D'YCY won at Warwick in January but things haven't gone to plan since. He's been unlucky on a couple of occasions, however, including here two runs ago when knocked over by a loose horse, and could go close granted a clear passage today. Western King's winning form last year was on fast ground.
Whistling Senator (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) Held up, headway 9th, blundered and lost place 11th, soon in rear, behind 16th, pulled up after, in a race won by Lamb Or Cod (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Velator 7-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, reminders before 7th, weakened from 12th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hector's Choice (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr, 10 ran.
Union Jack D'ycy (FR) 20-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders until before 2nd, held up, not fluent 8th, 9th or 11th, mistake 12th, behind 15th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Dark Glacier (11-8) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May, 10 ran.
Western King (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Raced wide and off the pace towards rear, pushed along and struggling 12th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind American Spin (11-7) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Danandy (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Jumped left, made all, clear 3 out, ridden out, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May beating Georgian King (10-10) by 7l, 7 ran.
Strumble Head (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Led but pressed, headed and lost 2nd before 4 out, chased leading pair, kept on same pace under pressure flat, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Dark Glacier (11-6) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May.
Lava Lamp (GER) 16-1 (11-8) In touch, headway 4 out, effort next, never on terms, 4th of 6, 22l behind Five Star Wilsham (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May.
Carloswayback (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out, in 2nd when pecked and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Oscarslad (10-11) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May, 9 ran.