Bathcounty will have benefited from a spin in a charity race last week and makes his first appearance in a seller. Halogen appears to be going backwards, however, and is now blinkered while Meetings Man is possibly flattered by his current mark, though has won on the Flat this year. So has ROYAL OPERA and Brian Ellison's gelding seems to be on good terms with himself at present. Tom Scudamore keeps the ride after steering him into third place in a handicap at Uttoxeter last month and he gets the vote today with Wom probably not beating much at Huntingdon last time.
Bathcounty (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leader, went left 1st, ridden and lost 2nd before 4 out, mistake and weakened next, behind and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lava Lamp (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Halogen 14-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, jumped left 1st, ridden after 3 out, soon well beaten, 8th of 9, 42l behind Kayaan (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Royal Opera 11-4 (11-7) Pressed leader, led 3rd, not fluent 4th, mistake 3 out, headed next, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Meetings Man (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Mid-division, effort 5th, soon ridden, lost place before 3 out, 11th of 13, 40l behind Meganisi (10-10) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Mar.
Whatsupjack (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In touch, unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Lough Derg Way (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov chs 0-110 (4) gf in May, 13 ran.
Wom 9-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, led approaching 2 out, edged right before not fluent last, held on, won at Huntingdon 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May beating Nicky Nutjob (10-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.