Quite surprising to see BENANDONNER turn up in selling company considering that he was far from disgraced on his latest outing when beaten less than ten lengths by the winner in the ultra-competitive Victoria Cup handicap at Ascot. He's way clear of this field on official ratings and should score with something to spare on all known form. Mighty Clarets is on the downgrade these days whilst maintaining a decent level of form in lowly company and looks the obvious one to bustle up the selection. Aussie Blue hasn't seemed to enjoy his two hurdling ventures one jot this year and is brought back to the level in an attempt to rekindle enthusiasm presumably. He's next best if rediscovering the form he showed in modest handicaps last year.
Aussie Blue (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Prominent, lost place over 1f out, last of 12, 18l behind Zafeen's Pearl (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Benandonner (USA) 33-1 (8-1) Raced far side, prominent, ridden along halfway, weakened 2f out, eased when beaten, 15th of 24, 10l behind Global Village (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft.
Centre Stage 28-1 (8-8) Very slowly away behind, some headway 3f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 9, 8l behind Join Up (9-2) at Nottingham 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Mighty Clarets (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Led 2f, chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 14l behind Tilsworth Glenboy (9-9) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Cat Island 22-1 (9-0) Slowly away, always in rear, tailed off over 1f out, last of 13, 20l behind Zaheeb (8-13) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug.
Lady Brickhouse 50-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, last of 11, 21l behind Land Hawk (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.