Ivans Back has made the frame in his last three starts but is hardly progressing at the age of nine. Jaja De Jau was second in a similar race over course and distance in March and is only a couple of pounds higher while Vision De La Vie appeared to be getting the hang of things at Perth and could be interesting on his handicap debut. BARABOY is more exposed but there has been some general since the turn of the year and he seem to get on well with 5lb claimer Graham Watters. Barry Murtagh's four-year-old can finally come good today.
Fairy Alisha 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, went close 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd when bad mistake last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Planetoid (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Pistolet Noir (FR) 12-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, every chance 2 out, ridden edged left and kept on same pace run-in, 5th of 17, 4l behind Kruseman (10-13) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Western Movie 6-1 (11-9) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway chasing leaders 3 out, went 2nd well before 2 out until approaching 2 out chased leading pair, driven between last 2, weakened last, 6th of 11, 10l behind Nothing Is Forever (11-2) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Dealing River 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, ridden before 3rd, well beaten before last (normal 3 out), 6th of 7, well behind Scotsbrook Legend (10-0) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Vision De La Vie (FR) 33-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, driven and outpaced after 3 out, plugged on to take moderate 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Fond Memory (11-0) at Perth 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Baraboy (IRE) 11-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, close up last, no extra flat, 4th of 12, 5l behind Northern Acres (10-4) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Apr.
Mister Fantastic 6-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, held up, weakened 3rd (normal 4 out), tailed off, last of 9, well behind Rafafie (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Jaja De Jau 10-1 (10-10) Held up and detached early, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, given chance when winner made mistake last, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Wintered Well (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Princeofthedesert 50-1 (11-4) Led, headed 4 out, soon weakened, last of 9, well behind Flementime (10-11) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Auto Mac 100-1 (10-9) Always towards rear and mistakes, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Sir Valentino (10-9) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Ivans Back (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Mid-division, went 4th before 3 out, chased winner 3 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 8, 20l behind Hi Dancer (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Prince Freddie 33-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 5th, ridden and 2nd briefly after 3 out, stayed on one pace before last, 4th of 18, 8l behind Dalmo (11-9) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Midnight Thomas 10-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, weakened last, 6th of 15, 13l behind Tiradia (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.