Playhara gave weight and a beating to THE ROAD AHEAD here in June last year but has gone backwards since whereas the runner-up is going from strength-to-strength. Peter Bowen's mare is 23lb higher than when winning this 12 months ago but looked to have a bit in hand at Market Rasen last week and a hat-trick beckons. Indian Stream doesn't stand much racing but is useful on her day, though is 6lb higher than when only second at Perth last month. Queen Spud is penalised for her victory at Fakenham but she makes more appeal at the weights than Whatdoesthefoxsay. Dubh Eile could find this too tough but Ginger Fizz has run four times on the Flat this year and could go well back over timber.
The Road Ahead 3-1fav (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, soon challenged, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd beating Atlantic Gold (11-4) by 1l, 8 ran.
Whatdoesthefoxsay (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Led, ridden and headed approaching last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Bon Chic (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Hannah Just Hannah 25-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, slight lead until headed on long run before 2 out, weakened quickly, tailed off in rear when went badly right last and pulled up, in a race won by Aigle De La See (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Indian Stream 5-2fav (11-9) Held up mid-division, headway to lead before 2 out, headed run-in, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind High Fair (9-12) at Perth 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Queen Spud 5-2fav (11-6) Made all, in command when hit inside rail on bend between last 2, clear when good jump last, kept on strongly, won at Fakenham 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating You've Been Mowed (10-13) by 4l, 8 ran.
Playhara (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 12, 40l behind Central Flame (11-7) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Ginger Fizz 9-4 (10-13) Tracked leaders, pressed leader 4 out, ridden next, every chance last, stayed on, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Dormouse (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May '14.
Dubh Eile (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, led after 2 out, ridden and clear before last, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Apr beating Handsome Horace (11-0) by 5l, 13 ran.