This trip may stretch the stamina of penalised four-year-old Cruachan and another recent Hexham scorer, SOLIS, is preferred. He's come right to his best on fast ground lately and may have another race in him before the handicapper has his say. Malin Bay still looks a few pounds too high but has place claims again and makes more appeal than Dj Milan with the latter's yard struggling for winners at present. Solway Bay has been chasing and both Taruma and Call Box have a bit to prove at present while Ryton Runner has shown no improvement for a tumble down the weights.
Malin Bay (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, outpaced 3 out, mistake next, kept on flat, went 3rd close home, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 14, 12l behind Busted Tycoon (10-8) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Dj Milan (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Chased leader until approaching 2 out, weakened soon after 2 out, 7th of 14, 22l behind Busted Tycoon (10-8) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Taruma (FR) 33-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st or 3rd, never on terms, well beaten after 3 out, 7th of 9, 36l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jun.
Call Box (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Soon tracked leaders, keen hold, 7th approaching 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 7th of 19, 14l behind Shanpallas (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd in May.
Ryton Runner (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place after 9th, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 9, 18l behind Settledoutofcourt (10-0) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Solis (GER) 15-8fav (11-8) Held up, headway after 3rd, mistake 7th, led before 2 out, clear approaching last, ran on well, won at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun beating Saddlers Mot (11-0) by 7l, 13 ran.
Cruachan (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) In rear, headway before 2 out, went 3rd before last, led run-in, kept on, won at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating I'll Be Frank (10-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Solway Bay 25-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, went 4th 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 7, 32l behind Royale Knight (10-0) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in May.
Rathmoyle House (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 3rd approaching 3 out, not great jumps last 2, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 9, 13l behind Mount Sion (11-2) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gf in Jun.