Lucinda Russell's STORMION caught the eye when staying on behind Bardolet at Carlisle last month on his first start over a staying trip and first outing in a handicap and he can open his account in the grade today racing off the same mark. Alan Parker's Buckstruther won well enough at Kelso recently but a 3lb rise for that success leaves him with more to do. Appeal Denied ran better at Carlisle last time but has yet to confirm that he stays this far, while Soul Magic has harshly gone up 5lb for his effort at the same venue last month and now looks too high in the weights. Keith Reveley's Sambelucky is proving to be expensive to follow and of more interest may be the reappearing Quay Meadow but Stormion is preferred.
Quay Meadow (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) In rear, ridden when not fluent 7th, never in contention, 7th of 13, 47l behind Chaim (10-11) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Mar.
Sam Patch 66-1 (9-4) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Corso Palladio (11-0) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Oct, 17 ran.
Bob Will (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, 47l behind Recession Proof (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Buckstruther (IRE) 5-2 (10-6) Made all, ridden and under pressure final 200 yards, held on well towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in Oct beating Planetarium (11-7) by 1l, 5 ran.
Ravensbill (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, mistake 5th, struggling 7th, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Caulkin (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Soul Magic (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders after 5th, went 2nd approaching 6th, led after 4 out, ridden and under pressure approaching last, caught close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Mulligan's Pride (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Oct.
Sambelucky (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) In rear, kept on and steady headway from 3 out, weakened after last, soon eased, 8th of 15, 27l behind What's Occurrin (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Appeal Denied (IRE) 22-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, reminders after 6th, kept on from 3 out, went 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 15, 11l behind What's Occurrin (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Stormion (IRE) 9-2 (10-8) In rear, outpaced 4 out, stayed on from last, nearest at finish, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Bardolet (11-4) at Carlisle 3m 1f am nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Oct.
Talesofriverbank 25-1 (10-0) In touch, driven and outpaced approaching 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 8, 22l behind Wotchalike (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 7f sell hdl (5) gd in Jun '08.
Not Talking (IRE) 7-2 (10-0) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, weakened approaching last, eased, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Douglas Julian (10-11) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Oct.
Cute N You Know It 10-1 (10-3) Tracked leader, ridden and lost place after 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened after next, 5th of 9, well behind Rey Nacarado (11-1) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.