A winner over 1m5f at Hamilton, Voice From Above was less than convincing when attempting this longer trip at Catterick last month and LONGSHADOW makes more appeal despite his penalty. The latter won over 2m at Thirsk earlier in the week and Joey Haynes' 3lb claim makes his task that much easier in this lower grade. Mason Hindmarsh is a rare winner nowadays but regularly makes the frame and the last time Spruzzo got his head in front was in the 2012 renewal of this contest.
Longshadow 4-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 5f, led over 2f out, ridden and joined over 1f out, narrowly headed 1f out, rallied gamely to regain lead final 100 yards, won at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Beat The Tide (9-4) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Mason Hindmarsh 9-1 (9-6) With leader, led after 2f, headed after 5f, tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon headed and no extra, 4th of 9, 7l behind Jan Smuts (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Indepub 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 10f out, led 9f out, reminders 8f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost 2nd well over 1f out, 3rd and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Yasir (9-4) at Catterick 1m 4f claim (6) sft in Aug.
Hero's Story 12-1 (7-9) Always towards rear, weakened 4f out, eased 2f out, 7th of 8, 31l behind Dance King (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Spruzzo 14-1 (8-11) Chased winer until over 12f out, soon pushed along and lost place, 7th of 10, well behind New Youmzain (9-12) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Voice From Above (IRE) 6-1 (7-12) Made all, clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Latin Rebel (8-13) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Underwritten 12-1 (9-0) With leaders, lost 7f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 8, well behind This Is Me (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Strobe 33-1 (8-4) Led, pushed along over 3f out, riden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Operateur (9-5) at Hamilton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Hayley 66-1 (8-4) Always in rear, weakened 4f out, detached, last of 10, well behind Rockweiller (8-9) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.