Apache Dawn finally took advantage of a tumbling mark at Bangor last time and it would be no surprise to see him defy a penalty with confidence restored. But he does have to give 21lb to THE ABSENT MARE, taking into account Joseph Palmowski's claim, and that may be too much. Robin Dickin's mare was only beaten a length at Southwell on her latest start and has now placed in her last three over fences. Go Ruby Go can effectively race off a 10lb lower mark than when second at Worcester so can't be ignored but Isthereadifference keeps climbing the weights despite not winning.
Isthereadifference (IRE) 7-4fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, outpaced in 4th 3 out, soon ridden, rallied and 2 lengths down in 2nd approaching last, stayed on to press winner flat, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Owner Occupier (10-9) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Unwanted Gift (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, with leader 4 out, led before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon headed and weakened, 10th of 16, 30l behind Fintan (10-13) at Worcester 2m 4f (5) gf.
Apache Dawn 14-1 (10-10) Made all, ridden before 2 out, hung left last 100 yards, driven out, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf beating Zama Zama (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
The Absent Mare 10-1 (9-8) Raced freely, prominent, led appraoching 3 out, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Danby's Legend (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Go Ruby Go 66-1 (10-0) Led, pressed 5 out, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on approaching last, held when edged left flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Gorteenwood (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.