This looks a competitive affair but it would be no surprise to see Duke Debarry bounce back having lost his way at the end of last season – his yard is in cracking form. Air De Rock may also need a confidence-booster but can’t be ignored while Sebastian Beach bids to follow up last month’s Kelso win off a 9lb higher mark. POOKIE PEKAN won over track and trip in March and looks capable of better as he gains experience so he gets the nod as this trip looks far too short for Sandhurst Lad, who was second over an extended 3m6f at Exeter when last seen and is having a first run for a new yard.
Duke Debarry (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Took keen hold, held up, closed on outside 3rd, went 2nd 6th until 1t1h, lost place 16th, mistake next, behind 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Air De Rock (FR) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake and unseated rider 6 out, at Market Rasen 3m hcp (4) gd in May.
Sebastian Beach (IRE) 7-1 (11-13) With leader, not fluent 11th, led 4 out, driven clear after 2 out, kept on well, won at Kelso 2m 6f hcp (4) gd in Sep beating Damiens Dilemma (10-11) by 7l, 12 ran.
Pookie Pekan (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Mistake 1st, soon mid-division, mistake 4th, closed 8th and given reminder, went 2nd 10th, led after 12th, clear flat, ridden out, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Mar beating Ryalex (10-10) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Sandhurst Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7th, led 11th until not fluent next, led 4 out, jumped right 3 out, wandered after next, headed last, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2l behind One Of Us (11-1) at Exeter 3m 7f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
King Golan (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Led 2nd, not fluent 4th, headed approaching 3 out, no extra before last, 6th of 13, 29 1/4l behind Luckofthedraw (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Ryalex (IRE) 11-4 (11-9) Chased leader until 8th, ridden after 3 out, 3rd and weakening before last, 3rd of 5, 27l behind Murphy's Law (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) hvy in Sep.
Old Salt (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) With leader, led 3 out, pressed last when about a length up, stumbled badly and unseated rider, at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Knocknamona (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Always in rear, behind 8th, 7th of 8, dist behind Beautiful Ben (11-13) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Sep.