Plenty with claims in this finale with The Disengager bidding to go one better than at Stratford last month and Am I Blue scheduled to make a quick reappearance after finishing fourth at Hereford on Wednesday. Qalinas will have needed last month's reappearance at Wincanton and Be My Light is easing towards a decent mark, though does struggle to get her head in front. Cardinal Rose is probably better than he's shown so far and Black Phantom also has to go on the short-list having found only Oscarslad too strong over the trip at Wincanton last month. But RIGHT OPTION gets a tentative vote and the ground is back in his favour and he showed he still retains some ability when second to an easy winner at Ludlow last time.
Qalinas (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Raced wide in last pair, dropped to rear and struggling 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Rajamand (11-2) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Heron Bay 25-1 (10-13) Chased leader, challenged 5th, every chance 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before next, last of 9, 23l behind Lava Lamp (11-4) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Be My Light (IRE) 7-2fav (11-1) Held up, hampered 4th, struggling after 6th, behind 3 out, stayed on flat, almost took 3rd, 4th of 9, 23l behind Marie Deja La (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Black Phantom (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 6th, led after 3 out, soon ridden, edged left after last, soon headed, no extra, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Oscarslad (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
The Disengager (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) Held up in touch, headway on outside 3 out (usual 5 out), outpaced next, left 3rd last (usual 3 out), soon ridden, stayed on to go well beaten 2nd 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Kingsmere (10-10) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Am I Blue 9-2 (11-4) Led, headed before 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 4th of 6, 8l behind Savant Bleu (11-3) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Right Option (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Raced in 2nd or 3rd, led approaching 3 out, headed and mistake at hurdle, rider lost irons, no impression from next, one pace, 2nd of 6, 22l behind U B Carefull (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Cardinal Rose 15-8fav (11-5) Held up in touch, pushed along before 9th, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 9, well behind Wiesentraum (11-10) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Feb.
Inspector Qics 50-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, ridden approaching 3 out, no real headway, 8th of 13, 20l behind Josh's Dreamway (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Little Eaglet (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Not fluent 6th, always behind, last of 10, well behind Velator (11-6) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Blue Blooded 33-1 (11-7) Held up, took keen hold, headway after 3rd, weakened after 3 out, 13th of 14, well behind Magic Prospect (10-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Caunay 16-1 (11-6) Chased leader, led on inside 4 out, headed before 2 out, left 2nd and slightly hampered 2 out, no chance with winner between last 2, weakened to 3rd last, 3rd of 10, 25l behind Water Garden (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) gs in Dec.
Arctic Watch 7-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders on outside, outpaced 7th, stayed on approaching 3 out, went 2nd after 2 out, flattered by proximity to winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Sea Saffron (11-0) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Saint Luke (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Led, mistake 2nd, headed before next, stayed handy, ridden approaching 8th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 34l behind Godsmejudge (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Vintage Fabric (USA) 50-1 (10-9) Led until 3rd, tracked leader until approaching 9th, weakening in 5th when mistake at hurdle, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tiger Line (10-10) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Sep, 10 ran.
Boogie Dancer 12-1 (10-13) Close 4th on outside, outpaced after 3 out, no chance after, eased approaching 2 out, last of 7, 42l behind Right Stuff (11-7) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd in Oct.