Not the best of races to have in the middle of a cracking card but that won't concern connections of the penalised pair Baltimoar and MISTER PAGAN. The former, a winning point-to-pointer, will be fancied to follow-up his victory at Carlisle where he spent the latter part of the race wandering around through inexperience. That will have brought him on but it's Jim Goldie's Perth winner who is handed the vote as he produced a tremendous effort in what looked a very strong event won by Broadway Buffalo at Aintree last month. The newcomers Ballyben and Pro Valour have it all to do while Danehills Well, fourth in a point-to-point in Ireland in March, will do better when facing a set of obstacles.
Baltimoar (IRE) 4-5fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway to challenge over 4f out, led going well 3f out, ridden and in command when jinked left and right inside final 2f, ran very green and edged left towards stands side rail inside final furlong, just held on, won at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct beating Henri Parry Morgan (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Mister Pagan 33-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway on outside 4f out, led 2f out, headed inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Broadway Buffalo (11-7) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Ballyben (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of I'm Maggy.
Danehills Well (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Ld/disp until 2nd bef 3out where mstk, 4l 3rd when lft in ld 2out, 2l adv but no ex last, hdd early flat, 4th of 12, 3l behind Tothemoonandback (11-7) at Dromahane 2m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Pro Valour (IRE) Elusive City gelding out of Red Vale.