STAR IN FLIGHT is starting to look well handicapped and may be capable of defying top weight in this if he doesn't decide to take on the free-running Argaum for the lead. Mr Supreme is probably fairly treated but the market will be the best guide to his chances after a lay-off. Dom Lukka's two wins came over fences in the French provinces but Dizzy River wouldn't be without a chance and he's preferred to another C&D winner Scriptwriter and Banyan Tree, who had an alternative engagement at Southwell yesterday.
Star In Flight 25-1 (10-10) In touch, not fluent 3rd, ridden after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon weakened, 14th of 22, 30l behind Dark Lover (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Banyan Tree (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Mid-division, in touch 4 out, outpaced next, weakened from 2 out, last of 11, 23l behind Palawi (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan.
Mr Supreme (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, took keen hold, not fluent 7th, headway 10th, went 3rd 2 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Willandrich (9-11) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May '11.
Dizzy River (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, mistake 1st, outpaced before 3 out, switched left after last, stayed on, 4th of 13, 16l behind Sporting Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Argaum (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 2nd or 3rd ridden and weakening when mistake 3 out, 7th of 8, 32l behind Junior Jack (10-4) at Ludlow 2m cond sll hdl (5) gd in May.
Dom Lukka (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Made most to before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 47l behind Mr Mole (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Scriptwriter (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Chased leaders on inner, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 14, well behind Caught In The Act (10-9) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Oct.