Corrib Lad is the tentative selection in this race, ahead of Alfy Rich and River Of Light. The selection should benefit from his seasonal reappearance six days ago, and can provide his trainer with a winner at a track that he does so well at with his chasers. He is one who will definitely appreciate the testing conditions, and a reproduction of his previous runs over the course would make him a leading player. River Of Light was successful over a much longer trip when last seen in March, and whilst he will appreciate the soft going, he may get tapped for toe over this shorter trip. Martin Todhunter has a good record when he sends his chasers to his local track, whilst jockey Dominic Elsworth also has a good record around Carlisle, and therefore his mount Alfy Rich could prove to be the biggest threat to the selection. The rest look to be a very ordinary bunch, although The Miner would have some chance if reproducing his best form. So for the winner, we reluctantly return to Len Lungo's Corrib Lad.
Corrib Lad (IRE) 3-1 (10-5) Close up, nearly unseated rider 3rd, led 3 out, headed after 2 out, no extra, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Radar (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Alfy Rich 16-1 (10-8) Led 2nd, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Hawk's Landing (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct.
Lauderdale 14-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, pushed along 7th, outpaced 4 out, 7th of 16, 18l behind Powder Creek (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (E) gs in Apr '05.
River of Light (IRE) 17-2 (10-11) Held up, headway 15th, led 3 out, ridden and headed last, rallied to lead again flat, driven out, won at Chepstow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) hvy in Mar beating Auburn Spirit (11-12) by 2l, 8 ran.
The Miner 11-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, headway and every chance after 4 out, no extra from 2 out, 4th of 8, 17l behind Shannon's Pride (11-8) at Hexham 2m 4f cnd hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Glenfarclas Boy (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Behind, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Shannon's Pride (11-8) at Hexham 2m 4f cnd hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs, 8 ran.
Mister Magnum (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Always behind, 10th of 12, well behind Tin Healy's Pass (10-5) at Hexham 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Sono 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 9th, ridden approaching 3 out soon weakened and pulled up 2 out in race won by Optimistic Harry (10-9) at Perth 3m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug, 9 ran.