Pepite Rose ran the race of her life to chase home Sire De Grugy in a Grade 1 at Sandown nine days ago. She'd go close here if that form could be taken at face value. Kie has been placed twice over track and trip and won over 2m at Wincanton last month while Le Bacardy was winning for the third time in four starts at Ayr last month. Australia Day will ensure a good gallop, along with Kie, and that should suit TURN OVER SIVOLA. The handicapper is doing the latter no favours in his bid to get off the mark over fences but he continues to acquit himself well and had Cheltenham third Claret Cloak behind when runner-up in a Grade 3 handicap at Aintree last time. This looks too competitive for Fair Dilemma and Alfraamsey.
Pepite Rose (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Prominent, not fluent 8th, led 3 out, ridden and headed before last, no impression on winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Sandown 2m chs G1 (1) gs in Apr.
Claret Cloak (IRE) 7-2fav (11-8) Held up towards rear, steady headway from 7th, hit 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, unable to challenge winner, one pace when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 16, 3l behind Parsnip Pete (10-10) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Australia Day (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Led, driven after 4 out, headed next, soon rallied, weakening when hit, 4th of 10, 7l behind Willow's Saviour (10-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in Nov.
Kie (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Took keen hold, led 1st, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr beating Spock (10-2) by 3l, 5 ran.
Turn Over Sivola (FR) 13-2 (10-10) Mid-division, hit 5th and lost place, not fluent 8th, soon pushed along, good headway approaching last, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Parsnip Pete (10-10) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Le Bacardy (FR) 7-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders in 4th, challenged last, led run-in, just held on, all out, won at Ayr 2m lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Apr beating Desert Cry (11-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Fair Dilemma (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, ridden and clear before last, won at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr beating Ulck Du Lin (11-12) by 6l, 5 ran.
Alfraamsey 16-1 (10-10) Led until 3 out, weakened soon after, poor 8th when fell heavily 2 out, in a race won by Fergall (11-3) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr, 11 ran.