LABOREC is narrowly preferred in a tough race to call. Not with Neil King for long, the former Howard Johnson inmate handles soft ground and will come on for his reappearance at the track. Diktalina looks well-handicapped, whilst a 7lb penalty for Bellflower Boy's Huntingdon run leaves him dangerously well-treated. Black Apache won on this card last year, and he rates a bigger threat than the out-of-form Petroglyph or Clifton Pier. A more eminent danger is Winged Farasi who comes here after a two month break from racing on the flat and he was successful on his most recent start over timber previously.
Diktalina 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Princess Rainbow (10-11) at Hereford 2m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Laborec (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Held up in touch on outside, outpaced 4 out, stayed on under pressure to go remote 3rd last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 8, 30l behind Bled (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Bellflower Boy (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway after 7th, challenged 9th, led on bit before 3 out, clear approaching 2 out, eased flat, won at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs beating Acosta (9-11) by 21l, 12 ran.
Black Apache (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) With leader early, tracked leaders, hit 4 out, ridden approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 20l behind Fair Spin (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Petroglyph 16-1 (10-11) Held up behind in touch, reminder after 5th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Bled (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy, 8 ran.
Winged Farasi 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5th, challenged approaching last, led on extended flat, stayed on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug beating Auberge (10-3) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Troys Run (IRE) 40-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, outpaced 5th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Bled (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy, 8 ran.
Clifton Pier (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Towards rear, 9th approaching 5 out, moderate 7th 2 out, kept on one pace without threatening, 5th of 13, 14l behind Derinlaur (10-12) at Naas 2m 4f cond hcp hdl (80-109).