Providing he's fully recovered, SMALIB MONTERG should go one better than when second in a much more competitive affair at Aintree on Friday as he actually races off a lower mark. Union Saint carries a penalty for winning over a longer trip at Ludlow on Thursday but does appear to be improving and is preferred to the returning Special Account and Fear Glic. Kylenoe Fairy has also been off for a while but goes well here and Lava Lamp has won off much higher marks in the past.
Special Account (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, never on terms, 7th of 9, 38l behind Wonderful Charm (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Oct.
Smalib Monterg (FR) 25-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent and lost place 5th, closed after 8th, went 2nd when mistake last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 17, 5l behind Party Rock (10-4) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd.
Fear Glic (IRE) 15-2 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, weakened quickly soon after, tailed off, last of 11, 38l behind Premier Dane (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) sft in Sep.
Kylenoe Fairy (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Behind, outpaced 3 out, stayed on into mid-division approaching last, never nearer, 8th of 15, 20l behind Mr Watson (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Union Saint (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 9th, led going well before 2 out, very easily, won at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd beating Susquehanna River (10-8) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Lava Lamp (GER) 4-1 (10-12) Towards rear, weakened after 4 out, 6th of 9, 22l behind Scoter Fontaine (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Mar.
Nether Stream (IRE) 17-2 (10-9) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, mistakes 6th and 4 out, 8 lengths 5th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Apache Dawn (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f beg chase (4) gf in Apr, 6 ran.
Captain Sharpe 11-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, driven before 3 out, soon weakened, behind when unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Shammick Boy (11-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb, 8 ran.