SYDNEY SLING displayed a willing attitude to score at Ffos Las 15 days ago and is capable of following up today; possibly the main expense of Wizards Dust and his stablemate Cannon Fire. The last named is a consistent type that goes well at this time of year. Cut in the ground suits him ideally and, with his claiming rider taking 7lb off his back; a feasible case can be stated the eight-year-old. Wizards Dust made the most of a drop in the ratings to win a similar race at Wetherby last month. He was well held off a 7lb higher mark last time out, though. And it now looks as if the handicapper now has his measure once more. Therefore, it can pay to turn to Sydney Sling, who is open to more improvement at this trip and he looks a prime candidate for top honours; especially if Paul Moloney decides to use the reported fresh strip of ground on the inside of the course.
See Me Soon 7-2fav (10-12) Led to 3rd, stayed close up, weakened 8th, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Persian Gates (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Cannon Fire (FR) 13-2 (9-11) Disputed lead until pushed along and lost place approaching 13th, 8th of 10, 31l behind That's Rhythm (11-8) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.
Sydney Sling (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway approaching 2 out, led after last, ran on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Foxesbow (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Wizards Dust 4-1fav (11-7) With leaders, led 6th to 9th, stayed handy, driven approaching 4 out, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Dawn Ride (11-8) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Pagan Sword 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th, challenged 4 out, led before next, ridden and hard pressed when mistake last, soon headed and no extra, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Take It There (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy.
Classic Rock 17-2 (10-9) In touch, not fluent 3rd, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 8, 12l behind Skipper's Lad (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Oct.