Uriah Heep has the ability to figure in a race like this if fully wound-up. Focail Maith's confidence will have been boosted by his win at Huntingdon and Ally Stirling is one of the more experienced amateurs riding in this. Dont Take Me Alive and Great Link are others to consider while Purple 'n Gold was more like his old self at Ludlow last time and is only a pound higher. WHILE YOU WAIT showed himself to be better than a plater when winning a novices' handicap by nine lengths at Plumpton. This quicker going won't be a problem and another victory may be on the cards under Hayley Moore.
Hartside (GER) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, soon dropped into mid-division, fell 5 out, in a race won by Edmaaj (10-7) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Focail Maith 8-1 (11-0) Held up in touch in mid-division, closed 4th, challenged 2 out, soon led, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr beating Breaking Bits (11-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Dark Energy 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th and 5th, lost place 10th, rallied before last, no impression on leaders, 4th of 7, 5l behind Goring One (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Oct.
Uriah Heep (FR) 11-4fav (11-10) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 6th, ridden and staying on same pace in 3rd when slithered badly on landing after 2 out, not recover and pulled up, in a race won by Brinestine (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov, 15 ran.
Dont Take Me Alive 20-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden in 4th and no impression well before last, 4th of 10, 3l behind Calaf (11-1) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Great Link 18-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden and no extra in 5th before last, 7th of 10, 10l behind Calaf (11-1) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Purple 'n Gold (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, every chance last, soon ridden, kept on run-in, always held by winner, 2nd of 13, 5l behind August Hill (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Mr Fickle (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, driven before 6th, soon ridden, kept under pressure to take 3rd flat, just failed for 2nd near finish, no impression, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Polstar (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
While You Wait (IRE) 5-1fav (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, led 2 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Plumpton 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr beating Amazing Scenes (11-7) by 9l, 10 ran.
Rocky Rebel 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, pushed along before 4th, reminders soon after, badly outpaced from 3 out, kept on after 2 out, went 2nd last, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Belle De Fontenay (10-10) at Southwell 2m sell hdl (5) sft in Jul.
Cridda Boy 5-1 (11-12) Chased leading pair until pushed along before 5th, weakened 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Mister Fantastic (10-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Apr, 7 ran.
Taggia (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Held up in mid-division on inside, pushed along in 4th after 3 out, left modest 3rd and hampered 2 out, one pace and well held when edged right flat, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Gun Shy (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Kyles Faith (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Chased leader until 3rd, chased leaders, pushed along after 11th, lost place next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Doubletoilntrouble (11-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, outpaced 9th, behind when blundered badly 10th, tailed off and pulled up after 11th, in a race won by Tokyo Javilex (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Mayan Flight (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden after 5th, weakened before 3 out, 12th of 14, well behind Orthodox Lad (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Samizdat (FR) 40-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 9, 30l behind Rayadour (10-6) at Wetherby 2m ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.