SERGEANT THUNDER's defeat of John Reel at Ludlow in April has turned out to be decent form. Harry Derham's claim accounts for most of his penalty and Paul Nicholls' four-year-old can make a winning reappearance. Royal Ripple has shown enough to suggest he'll be thereabouts again while Mountain Of Mourne was second at Worcester in May. Colony Club and Free Of Charge, who represents last year's winning connections, are possibly the most interesting of the newcomers.
Sergeant Thunder 6-1 (10-12) Held up, headway 6f out, led over 1f out, edged right entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr beating John Reel (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Colony Club (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of Whistful Suzie.
Eddy 66-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, outpaced over 5f out, plugged on from over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 38l behind Lily Waugh (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Free Of Charge (IRE) Stowaway gelding out of Sweetasanu.
Gray Beck Alflora gelding out of Spot The Dot.
Master Max Reset gelding out of Folly Finnesse.
Mountain Of Mourne (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 3f, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on same pace, flattered by proximity to winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Irish Cavalier (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Much A Doo 66-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, weakened 7f out, 7th of 11, 29l behind G'dai Sydney (11-1) at Stratford 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Royal Ripple (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged 10f out until over 5f out, outpaced from 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 16l behind Powerstown Dreams (10-11) at Doncaster 2m (6) gd in Nov.
Supari Beat All gelding out of Susie Bury.
Dream Destiny 14-1 (11-1) Prominent, pushed along on outside over 4f out, lost place 3f out, 6th of 7, 21l behind Bjornlucky (10-7) at Wincanton 1m 6f mdn nat hunt flat (6) gd in Nov.
Lily Mars (IRE) Presenting mare out of Tiffany Jazz.