Smadynium has often been the subject of market confidence and it wouldn't be the greatest of surprises to see him a popular order again having landed a touch at Musselburgh. It will be a tough task to concede a winners' penalty all around, however, so our preference is for BIG WATER. Alan Swinbank's gelding was outclassed at Aintree in the Champion bumper but he'd won two races before that rise in class and, crucially, one of those was obtained on soft ground at Ayr. Ballymartin King hasn't set the world alight as yet. A half-brother to the stable's Grade 1 winner Garruth, he is clearly one to watch with the future in mind. Hallmark Harry was an emphatic winner at Uttoxeter on his last start in 2010, so the market should give us a clue as to what to anticipate some 888 days later.
Smadynium (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 4th, led next, hit 4 out, ridden and clear approaching last, eased towards finish, won at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov beating Maybe I Wont (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Ballymartin King (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 3rd, tracked leader until before 3 out, weakened approaching next, 6th of 10, 38l behind Vuvuzela (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Big Water (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway and not clear run over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 19, 41l behind The New One (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Discoverie 14-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 4f out, one pace final 2f, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Brady (11-2) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Hallmark Harry 4-1 (11-0) Led 5f, tracked leader, led 3f out, ran on well final furlong (no time taken), won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul '10 beating Great Hero (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Irish By Name (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, pushed along before halfway, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 25l behind Now Its My Turn (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) gd in May.
Karinga Dandy (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Ap; led aft 2 out til jmpd v slow last; rallied to ld nr fin, won at Dingley 3m ptp gs in May beating Lady Barack (11-7) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Stitched In Time (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Blackwater King (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Supreme Gold 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along 6f out, lost place over 3f out, well held after, plugged on from over 1f out, 11th of 16, 36l behind Werenearlyoutofit (10-13) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Taxi Des Obeaux (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, in touch on inside, outpaced 4f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final 2f, no chance with leaders, 4th of 10, 25l behind Baltimoar (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Trust Thomas 66-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 16, 23l behind Carlton Jack (10-13) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Vintage Times (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent and went right 1st, mistake next, left 2nd when mistake 3rd, not fluent 4th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Grate Fella (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.