It's hard to get away form LEAN BURN in this. He makes a quick reappearance having completed a double when scoring at Uttoxeter last week and won this race in 2010. Last year's winner Endeavor is back for another crack but arrives out of sorts though Emma Sayer prefers him to stablemate Front Rank. Dark Energy won under an amateur at this track earlier in the month but was pulled-up on his latest start while Samizdat ran well for today's rider at Huntingdon back in March.
Dark Energy 7-2fav (11-5) Held up, took keen hold, headway and saddle slipped 3rd, pulled up after 5th, in a race won by Tisfreetdream (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 18 ran.
Stormy Morning 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 9, 12l behind Benmadigan (10-10) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Ancient Times (USA) 9-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, weakened before next, blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Salut Honore (10-12) at Catterick 3m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Mar, 8 ran.
Endeavor 10-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear and keen, outpaced 8th, headway before and challenged 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 9, 19l behind Benmadigan (10-10) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Lean Burn (USA) 4-5fav (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, led last, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating Majestic Bull (9-13) by 2l, 9 ran.
Baharat (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Always in rear, struggling 7th, mistake next, soon beaten, 6th of 7, well behind Alfraamsey (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) gd in Oct.
Front Rank (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) In rear and soon detached, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 36l behind Goldtrek (10-1) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Samizdat (FR) 33-1 (10-8) Mid-division, outpaced 2 out, weakened before last, last of 11, 26l behind Feeling (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Galley Slave (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Mid-division, behind from 8th, 9th of 14, 33l behind Set In Her Ways (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Pobs Trophy 22-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 4th, weakening when not much room 2 out, 9th of 13, 18l behind Diamond's Return (10-8) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Vogarth 100-1 (9-7) Always behind, blundered and rider lost iron last, 10th of 14, 33l behind Silver Lily (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Jun '11.