Cloudingstar's challenge quickly petered out after making a bad mistake at Bangor last time. He's 5lb higher than when winning at Ffos Las earlier. Rudemeister has struggled in a couple of starts so far this year but Mr Syntax is getting closer and should figure off his current mark. MAJORICA KING ran well for third behind Dolatulo in better company at Stratford last month. A repeat should be good enough to land this and Oliver Sherwood's chaser gets the nod. Work Boy scored here in March but has been well beaten since and the runner-up Whiskey Ridge re-opposes on better terms today.
Rudemeister (IRE) 9-2fav (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, soon quickly weakened, 6th of 9, 35l behind Shadows Lengthen (11-6) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Mr Syntax (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, chased winner 11th, effort 4 out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Frank The Slink (10-10) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Majorica King (FR) 16-1 (10-8) Held up behind in touch, headway to lead 3 out, mistake and headed next, ridden and every chance approaching last, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Benbens (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Cloudingstar (IRE) Evensfav (11-2) Chased leaders, lost touch 8th, soon beaten, moderate 3rd, 3rd of 4, well behind King's Grace (11-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Work Boy 4-1 (11-1) Tracked leading pair, weakened after 3 out, 3rd of 4, 14l behind Cara Court (9-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Apache Blue (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) In rear and in touch, pushed along before 7th, reminders before 9th, soon tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Cara Court (9-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 4 ran.
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 7-4fav (10-11) Led, ridden before 2 out, pressed last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Work Boy (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.