Herne Bay finished well ahead of the disappointing Kristallo at Southwell earlier this month and should confirm that running here. Carrickmines and Pheidias may be back over fences soon but Lady Karabaya could go well as she ran her best race so far when third at Fontwell last month and Carmela Maria would have place claims. IRIS'S FLYER is 5lb higher than when only beaten a head over C&D last time but still has the beating of Go Amwell on that run and is at the top of his game. Barry Leavy's grey is the one to beat again today.
Carrickmines (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Led until 9th, ridden and hit 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 4, 17l behind Shammy Buskins (11-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Kristallo (GER) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased leaders 8th, under pressure next, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 28l behind Grand Art (10-5) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (4) gd.
Pheidias (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) In rear, reminders 5th, ridden 4 out, plugged on to go remote 4th, 4th of 7, 18l behind Prophete De Guye (11-6) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Iris's Flyer 15-2 (11-2) In touch, mistake 5th, went 2nd 8th, led after 3 out, ridden flat, kept on, headed final stride, 2nd of 12, hd behind Tarvini (11-1) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Go Amwell 16-1 (11-12) Held up behind, struggling 4 out, never on terms, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Tarvini (11-1) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Lady Karabaya 10-1 (10-11) Raced wide, too keen hold, mistake 1st, led approaching 8th, clear approaching 3 out until before next, headed 2 out, chased winner, well held when weakened to 3rd final 110 yards, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Psi (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Herne Bay (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway 8th, chased leaders next, under pressure when hampered 3 out, never on terms, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Grand Art (10-5) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (4) gd.
Carmela Maria 8-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, chased leaders approaching 7th, under pressure 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 4th of 10, 8l behind Lucky Lukey (10-11) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.