Beau Traveller was in good form at this time last year but his absence has to be a worry. We'd rather give another chance to Soleil D'Avril, even though he was beaten 19 lengths by Gin Cobbler when favourite at Sedgefield last month. SHOW PUBLIC makes his debut under Rules but has been showing progressive form between the flags and may be up to the task. The consistent Senor Alco could also go well while Barachois Silver is another interesting contender but A New Rising probably isn't the force of old.
A New Rising (IRE) 5-1 (12-5) (cp) ap; led 15; ro wl, won at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Port Echo (11-12) by 5l, 14 ran.
Beau Traveller 11-10 (12-5) Ap; led 11 til wknd & hdd nr fin, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Gin Cobbler (12-5) at Hexham 3m ptp gd in Jun.
Darnborough (IRE) 3-1 (12-5) Made all; all out, won at Bedale 3m ptp gd in Apr beating He's A Gentleman (12-5) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Marfleet 7-2 (12-0) Ap; led app last; ro wl, won at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Weeumba (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Newyearsresolution (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Prom til outpcd aft 3 out, 4th of 11, 13l behind Narciso (11-0) at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Senor Alco (FR) 5-2 (11-9) Tracked leader until 3rd, stayed handy, led after 11th, headed 13th, every chance 2 out, beaten last, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Digg Whitaker (11-5) at Kelso 3m 2f nov hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Show Public (FR) 2-5 (12-0) Led aft 7; forged clr aft 3 out; comf, won at Berwickshire 3m ptp sft in Mar beating Filbert Fox (12-0) by 15l, 8 ran.
Silent Cliche (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) (bl) led til hdd app last; no ex flat, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Marfleet (12-0) at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Soleil D'avril (FR) 5-2fav (11-7) In rear, headway 9th, went 3rd 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 19l behind Gin Cobbler (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hts chs (6) gs in Apr.
Sugar Sensation (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) Prom early; strugg 12; to, 5th of 10, 50l behind Glen Lord (12-0) at Duke Of Buccleuch's 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Thehookybooky (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, effort before 4 out, never dangerous, 4th of 12, 23l behind Moscow Menace (11-9) at Kelso 3m 2f hts chs (5) gs in Apr.
Tiger Billy (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) (bl) held up; prog 3 out; went 2nd nr fin, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Narciso (11-0) at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Who'slaughingnow (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway before 13th, went a poor 4th before 3 out, no impression, 4th of 11, 41l behind Special Portrait (11-13) at Perth 3m 2f hts chs (5) gs in Apr.
Barachois Silver 9-2 (11-2) Led, jumped left 6th, clear before 2 out, headed towards finish, rallied and just held close home, 2nd of 12, shd behind Moscow Menace (11-9) at Kelso 3m 2f hts chs (5) gs in Apr.
Merry Minster 11-2 (11-3) Led, driven and headed on long run between last 2, weakened last, 4th of 5, 21l behind Vallani (10-13) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Aug.