SKYE BUT N BEN is thrown in under a penalty and will win if he can repeat the form showed last time; we'll take him to do just that, in the process getting the better of Tar, Laneguy and Haling Park. Jim Best's horse landed a bit of a touch for connections last time and is due to go up another 16lbs in the future. The booking of AP suggests connections mean business in their search for the follow up and it'll be most disappointing if he can't take this under almost identical conditions. Tar didn't run too badly in a seller last time and has been given a chance by the handicapper, with the booking of Richard Johnson again indicating connections aren't without hope. He's a feasible each-way alternative to the favourite alongside the unexposed Haling Park who hasn't shown much but accordingly isn't rated very high and must be afforded a market check. Laneguy brings more solid claims to the table but has plenty of weight on his first try in a handicap. Tom George's gelding ran well in a couple of point-to-point races and should progress but perhaps wants further already. Justabout is another worth a look on his return from a year off having shown a liking for quick ground but this weak race should go to Skye But N Ben.
Laneguy (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, chased winner from 3 out, no impression when lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Aberdale (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Tar (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 5th, led 3 out, headed next, weakened after last, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Prioryjo (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f am nov sll hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Commit To Memory 33-1 (10-5) Always in rear, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind I'm In The Pink (11-3) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr.
Skye But N Ben 5-1fav (11-6) Tracked leader, led 4th, made rest, drew clear approaching 2 out, stayed on well, easily, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Apr beating Boomtown (11-8) by 19l, 15 ran.
Windpfeil (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 16, 12l behind Tzora (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Art Man 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear on outside, struggling approaching 3 out, 13th of 18, 18l behind The Brimmer (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Broadway Allstar (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Hit 6th, always behind, tailed off, 10th of 13, 41l behind Pearly Star (11-6) at Plumpton 2m 5f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.
Haling Park (UAE) 14-1 (10-8) In touch, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 13, 21l behind Veiled (10-8) at Leicester 2m juv fll nov hdl (3yo) (3) gf in Dec.
Majestic Bull (USA) 33-1 (10-7) Badly hampered and fell 1st, in a race won by Organisateur (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 15 ran.
Justabout 10-1 (10-9) Chased leader, ridden and challenged 3 out, led briefly approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Quaddick Lake (11-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) fm in Mar '09.
Zelos (IRE) 40-1 (11-8) Prominent until blundered and lost place 7th, soon driven along and struggling in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Job One (11-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May '09, 11 ran.
Monkhair (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Pulled hard, held up, lost touch 4th, 6th of 7, 34l behind Nono Le Sage (10-2) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Mar.