The Bull Hayes took advantage of favourable terms to land a seller at Leicester during the week. He should go close again while Lac Sacre and Juno The Muffinman are others with claims at this level. But FLYING PHOENIX makes most appeal as she beat a subsequent winner when landing a handicap at Ludlow earlier this month and looks capable of following up in this lesser grade. Le Bacardy reverts to hurdling and would make the frame if running up to the same level of his win over fences back in May.
Stadium Of Light (IRE) 22-1 (10-11) Held up, headway after 7th, no impression 3 out, 11th of 16, 42l behind Portway Flyer (11-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Led until after 2nd, led again after 4th, clear 2 out, comfortably, won at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) gs beating Captain Cardington (10-12) by 12l, 4 ran.
Hamble 9-2 (9-1) Raced wide towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impresssion, 11th of 12, 11l behind Squirrel Wood (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Juno The Muffinman (IRE) 7-4fav (10-0) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led before 3 out, headed soon after 2 out, 1 length down when hampered and fell last, in a race won by Diamond Tammy (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m cnd/am sll hdl (5) gf in May, 6 ran.
Lac Sacre (FR) 9-2 (11-8) Towards rear, headway to track leaders 5th, ridden 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Outrageous Request (10-13) at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) gs.
Le Bacardy (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Close up, lost place 5th, struggling from 8th, 4th of 6, well behind Christopher Wren (10-11) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf.
Spiekeroog 10-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, some headway under pressure 6th, ridden in dispute of modest 5th after 3 out, soon beaten, tailed off, 6th of 9, 35l behind Smadynium (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Flying Phoenix 6-4fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, led next, kept on, drew clear flat, won at Ludlow 2m (4) gd beating Western Approaches (11-8) by 6l, 6 ran.