WINNING SPARK has found only one too good on his last couple of starts over C&D and is given another chance to get it right today and open his account. Battlecat will be no pushover, however, as he's shown enough over timber to suggest he can win at this level including when second at Newton Abbot on his latest start. Turn Over Sivola makes his hurdling bow on the back of a decent third in a bumper at Chepstow and may be in the mix along with The Mumper. Ilewin Dundee has gone close in bumpers but gets first time blinkers here having been well beaten on his first start over timber.
Battlecat 9-2 (11-0) Pulled hard in rear, smooth headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, left in 2nd at last, kept on well, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Swing Bowler (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Highbury High (IRE) 17-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened 3f out, 10th of 12, 50l behind Showmanship (10-9) at Fakenham 2m nhf (6) gd in Oct.
Ilewin Dundee 66-1 (10-7) Held up, heawday when mistake 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out where hampered, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Avoca Promise (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Lord Aldervale (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place approaching 4 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 5th of 9, 42l behind Solaras Exhibition (10-8) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Super Duplex 10-1 (11-4) In rear, awkward 3rd, ridden and struggling after 6th, never on terms, 6th of 10, 40l behind Montbazon (11-4) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
The Mumper (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, one pace and no impression final 2f, 5th of 14, 10l behind Until Winning (9-11) at Taunton 2m 1f cond NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Turn Over Sivola (FR) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened last 100 yards, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Irish Buccaneer (11-4) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Winning Spark (USA) 5-2 (10-9) Held up towards rear, good headway approaching 4 out, went 3rd soon after, chased winner 3 out, looked dangerous next, held approaching last, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Solaras Exhibition (10-8) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.