Lean Burn has hit form with a vengeance and can confirm Wetherby running with Beyondtemptation on Tuesday. But an extra 7lb means he is now rated in the 90s, which may be too high. SHORT TAKES may have been a bit unlucky at Catterick 10 days ago and can gain compensation here with further progress likely. Choisan may do better now going handicapping and is far less exposed than Persian Herald and course and distance winner Amir Pasha.
Persian Herald 3-1 (11-4) Led, ridden when joined 2 out, headed next, weakened towards finish, 4th of 8, 9l behind Hawaii Five Nil (11-8) at Catterick 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Choisan (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, lost place after 4 out, no chance with leaders, 7th of 13, 41l behind Secrete Stream (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 20-1 (11-0) Prominent, weakened 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Grate Fella (11-8) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Short Takes (USA) 28-1 (10-13) Prominent, ridden 2 out, every chance next, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Hawaii Five Nil (11-8) at Catterick 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Lean Burn (USA) 10-3fav (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, soon challenged, ridden last, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy beating Shan Valley (10-6) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Beyondtemptation 66-1 (10-1) Led, joined 4 out, headed 2 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Lean Burn (10-13) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.