Jewelled Dagger goes well here and should be cherry-ripe now following his winter break. Chino Valdes has won twice over this trip, including on his latest start at Cork, but has never raced on ground this fast. Rain Stops Play finally got off the mark over hurdles at Sedgefield last month and makes more appeal than the Lucinda Russell pair Quito Du Tresor and Degas Art at the weights, but Latin Connection's frustrating run continued when he fell at Kelso and Zahara Joy has plenty to do from 5lb out of the handicap. SURE JOSIE SURE's last win came here in April last year but she's been very lightly raced since and in much better company. David Pipe's mare is fancied to make her long trip from the west country pay dividends.
Sure Josie Sure (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra from 2 out, 9th of 15, 30l behind Shop Dj (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) gd in May.
Chino Valdes (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, good headway on outer from early straight, went 4th 2 out, led after last and kept on well, easily, won at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in May beating Ballintemple Star (10-10) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Quito Du Tresor (FR) 9-4fav (10-13) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Trooper Clarence (10-1) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in May, 8 ran.
Degas Art (IRE) 1-2fav (10-9) Made virtually all, driven approaching last, stayed on to go clear flat (no time taken), won at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) gf in May beating Waldo Winchester (10-9) by 4l, 7 ran.
Jewelled Dagger (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, mistake 3rd, not fluent 5th, led after 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, 4th and beaten before last, 4th of 6, 10l behind Plan A (11-12) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Latin Connection (IRE) 11-8fav (10-13) Held up in rear, fell 3rd, in a race won by Another Dimension (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May, 9 ran.
Rain Stops Play (IRE) 8-11fav (10-10) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, went 2nd before 3 out, led before next, soon pressed, kept on from last, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f am nov hdl (4) gf in May beating Takaatuf (10-10) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Zahara Joy 22-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway 7th, went 3rd after 3 out, every chance 2 out, chased winner until no extra last 100 yards, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Galley Slave (9-8) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.