Kuwait Star's end of season double came in heavy ground over 7f and he has something to prove stepping up in trip on his reappearance. Blades Lad couldn't cope with a 6lb rise and the drop back to today's distance at Newcastle last time having won over 1m3f at Southwell in March and GOLD SHOW is preferred. The latter returned to action with victory over course and distance and a 4lb rise in the weights may not be enough to prevent him going in again. Pertuis won an amateurs race over track and trip last summer and makes more appeal off his current mark than Special Mix, who is fit from hurdling.
Blades Lad 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, faded final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Beaumont's Party (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Kuwait Star 7-2fav (9-6) Chased leaders, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Nov beating Travis County (8-11) by nk, 12 ran.
Gold Show 14-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside 4f out, went 3rd over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr beating Carragold (9-2) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Sunnybridge Boy (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Behind most of way, never involved, 9th of 14, 16l behind Gold Show (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Special Mix 9-1 (9-7) Towards rear, never dangerous, 15th of 17, 25l behind Talent Scout (8-13) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Pertuis (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, last of 12, 13l behind Royal Opera (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Free Art 4-1fav (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 13, 16l behind Zenarinda (8-9) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) sft in Oct.