He's going to be plenty short enough but SKYE BUT N BEN is taken to gain revenge on Hammer, with Ajman likely to figure prominently too. Our selection has been in grand form of late, landing a gamble at Hereford before justifying short odds to carry a penalty to success last time. He's officially now rated 108 which gives him plenty in hand and connections' decision to drop into this grade can be rewarded with victory. There is a note of caution attached though, as on their meeting in April Alison Thorpe's Hammer has his beating. That day the gelding gave Skye But N Ben weight and a beating but he's since regressed whilst the latter has come forward and the percentage call is to stick with the in-form horse. Evan Williams has his string in good order and Ajman must be considered as one who is lightly raced over obstacles. He's not without claims if stepping up and is preferred to Just Mossie, for whom the visor isn't expected to make enough of a difference. Stravita wasn't special on the flat but may win a small race in time whilst Wait For The Light has been well beaten off marks in the eighties of late and is opposed as we return to Skye But N Ben.
Skye But N Ben 8-15fav (11-9) Disputed lead until after 4th, led and hit 5th, clear approaching 2 out where not fluent, in no danger after, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Windpfeil (11-8) by 7l, 12 ran.
Hammer 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 14, 16l behind Nomad (10-7) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Just Mossie 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, hampered 4th, under pressure next soon detatched, tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind Marodima (11-12) at Plumpton 2m clm hdl (5) gf.
Ajman (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway from 4th, chased leaders 3 out, no impression from next, 5th of 11, 26l behind Prioryjo (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f am nov sll hdl (5) gf in Apr.
He's A Sheila 40-1 (10-2) In rear, soon ridden, headway 5th, left 2nd 2 out, stayed on flat, just failed, 2nd of 8, nk behind Killowenabbey (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Risk Challenge (USA) 25-1 (10-3) Led to 4th, lost place next, soon behind, tailed off 2 out, 12th of 15, well behind Skye But N Ben (11-6) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Apr.
Trew Style 80-1 (10-11) Pulled hard and prominent, weakened after 5th, behind when hit 3 out and eased, tailed off, 9th of 10, 37l behind Shalamiyr (11-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf.
Wait For The Light 20-1 (10-13) Chased leader, slow jump and reminder after 1st, dropped to 3rd after 4th, weakened rapidly 5th, tailed off, last of 9, 48l behind Serious Choice (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Stravita 15-2 (10-0) Held up in touch on outer, ridden to chase leaders approaching 2 out, left 4th approaching last, no impression, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Tri Nations (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Welsh Jaunt 14-1 (10-6) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened before next, 8th of 10, well behind Midnight Gold (11-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.