Little recent winning form to contemplate but DYNAMIC DRIVE did land a success over course and distance last October - and on the forecast ground conditions - so makes some appeal in an otherwise unappealing contest. He's only had the two runs since and looked to need the race when fifth here to Dalmo last time. He should be spot-on now and Daragh Bourke claims a useful 7lb off his back. Shan Valley and Ivans Back are both consistent enough in a lowly grade and it's worth noting that the latter's small Lincolnshire yard of Nick Kent enjoyed a winner on the Flat earlier this week. Triple Eight and Bollin Line are possible improvers but their place at the head of the weights shows the modest overall level of this contest.
Triple Eight (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 2 out, one pace, 6th of 9, 5l behind Some Lad (10-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Bollin Line 22-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 7th of 12, 27l behind Rayadour (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Dynamic Drive (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, headway before omitted 3 out, 5th and no impression next, 5th of 10, 20l behind Dalmo (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Hi Dancer 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Lean Burn (10-13) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Auto Mac 100-1 (10-9) Always towards rear and mistakes, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Sir Valentino (10-9) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Shan Valley (IRE) 11-4fav (10-11) Slowly away, behind, in touch by halfway, weakening when mistake 2 out, modest 4th, 4th of 6, well behind Grey Life (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Ivans Back (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Raced keenly, soon in touch, joined leading pair after 5th, came stands side and every chance 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression with winner before last, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Polstar (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Feb.
Recway Lass 12-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, stumbled before 7th, steady headway after 3 out, plugged on to modest 3rd before last, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Al Amaan (10-4) at Plumpton 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Secret Desert 14-1 (9-11) Always behind, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Exit To Freedom (9-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f (5) gs in Apr, 16 ran.
Gunpoint (IRE) 50-1 (9-9) Held up in rear on outside, struggling 4th, not fluent next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jack Albert (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar, 13 ran.