Kellys Brow won at Uttoxeter and Perth over the summer and has been placed on heavy ground between the flags. He shouldn't be far away here while a chance can also be given to Howizee and Global Fella if they are fully wound-up. Tony Coyle runs Crystal Rock, the mount of Timmy Murphy, and RIVER DRAGON and it's the latter who gets the vote. He's turned out again quickly after winning over 2m on heavy ground on the Flat at Newcastle on Wednesday and races off the same mark as when second over C&D in April. Bury Parade looked a decent prospect for Robert Bewley last season but this will be the furthest he's ever travelled and he has a lot of weight to carry following a lay-off. The trip could also be a problem for Cool Baranca.
Bury Parade (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, no impression when lost 3rd before last, weakened and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 25l behind Tap Night (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Mar.
Howizee 4-1fav (10-11) Mid-division, mistake 5th, not fluent next, headway when not fluent 9th, no impression on leaders approaching last, 4th of 20, 19l behind Alpha Victor (10-8) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Crystal Rock (IRE) 11-10fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent, ridden after 8th, demoted to last when mistake 4 out, mistake and beaten next, weakened flat, last of 4, 12l behind Wester Ross (11-5) at Leicester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Jan.
Kellys Brow (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Made all, stayed on strongly from 2 out, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Aug beating Raajih (11-8) by 5l, 7 ran.
Cool Baranca (GER) 12-1 (11-0) Behind, struggling 2 out (usual 3 out), ridden and some headway on long run from last (usual 2 out), went 4th over 1f out, never near leaders, 4th of 7, 13l behind Royal Bonsai (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Aug.
Global Fella (IRE) 5-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, chased winner after 4 out, ridden before next, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Amron Lad (11-1) at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Summer Soul (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Always behind, 6th of 9, 47l behind Glingerbank (10-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Aug.
River Dragon (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Held up in touch in rear, headway approaching 7th, not fluent 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Rosairlie (9-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Apr.