CLAUDE CARTER is upped in class and raised 7lb in the weights after winning at Sedgefield earlier this month, but it could pay to stick with Alistair Whillans' charge as appears to be the only one capable of putting two good races together. Chester Lad has posted three poor efforts since runner-up at Wetherby, Sedgefield winner City Ground finished lame when last seen in May and dual Kelso winner Bogside was pulled-up on his reappearance. Weetfromthechaff was tailed off last month after scoring at Kelso, but Open De L'isle won the last renewal of this in 2009 and could be thereabouts.
Open de L'Isle (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, mistake 9th and 11th, ridden and weakened after next, 4th of 8, 18l behind You Know Yourself (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Chester Lad 14-1 (11-8) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd or when losing 2nd next, hit 6th, last 3 out, soon well held, 4th of 5, 43l behind Ascendant (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Apr.
Weetfromthechaff 14-1 (11-5) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, stumbled 5th, mistake 4 out, headway appproaching 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, tailed off, 8th of 12, 42l behind Raya Star (11-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Ruff Diamond (USA) 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, lost place 7th, soon behind, tailed off 2 out, 10th of 12, well behind Pegasus Prince (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
High Ransom 125-1 (10-7) Always behind, 17th of 23, 37l behind Zarkandar (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Quatro Pierji (FR) 40-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, reminders after 5th, pushed along and struggling in rear from next, soon tailed off, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Santa's Son (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Dzesmin (POL) 13-2 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway 7th to chase leaders, weakened from 2 out, 7th of 13, 32l behind Harry Hunt (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Kingdom Of Munster (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway before last, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 18l behind Flaygray (10-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Claude Carter 9-4fav (11-9) In touch in 5th, mistake 5th, headway next, led before 2 out, kept on well, ridden out, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Stanley Bridge (9-10) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
A Patchy Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Chased leader until weakened rapidly before 3 out, soon in rear, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Raya Star (11-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Patavium (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Held up, headway to chase leaders 8th, kept on one pace from next, 5th of 10, 17l behind Winged Farasi (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Lyrical Intent 8-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, soon led and pressed, blundered last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Sydney Cove (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
City Ground (USA) 7-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 6th, ridden before next, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind What A Steel (10-3) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Bogside (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, ridden next, no impression when lost action and pulled up before last, in a race won by Ubi Ace (11-5) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft, 18 ran.