It's been some time since HI DANCER won on the Flat, but he's been in fine form over hurdles of late and finished a good second over a shorter trip here last time. He looks one of many capable of winning this open affair. Others include recent Bath winner Ministerofinterior, though he's gone up 8lb for that success and was beaten by Ad Value at Musselburgh before that, while Dan's Heir went close at Redcar last time and Pocket Too arrives on the back of last month's double over hurdles. Three White Socks has been running well at Southwell and is another to consider.
Damascus Symphony 10-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, well behind Secret Tune (9-2) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Apr.
Ministerofinterior 13-8fav (9-1) Held up in 5th or 6th, headway on outside over 2f out, switched right and chased leader over 1f out, led insid efinal furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Apr beating Salontyre (9-11) by 2l, 9 ran.
Three White Socks (IRE) 7-1 (8-6) Ridden along early, towards rear, headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Shifting Gold (8-10) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Apr.
Tarantella Lady 50-1 (8-13) Mid-division, pushed along 6f out, weakened soon after, 7th of 14, 20l behind Cloudy Spirit (9-3) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Hi Dancer 2-1fav (8-6) Tracked leaders, driven 3f out, effort on outside 2f out, soon ridden, every chance over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, well held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Golden Future (8-10) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Strong Knight 10-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f, edged left 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Light The City (8-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Dubara Reef (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 12l behind Liberty Love (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Dan's Heir 5-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Zefooha (9-10) at Redcar 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Apr.
Pocket Too 8-1 (10-6) Led, headed over 4f out, soon ridden and weakened, last of 10, 23l behind Wrecking Crew (10-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol in May '11.
Shirls Son Sam 13-2 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway over 4f out, ridden and stayed on same pace final 2f, never troubled leaders, 5th of 15, 19l behind Vittachi (8-9) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Seawood 22-1 (8-9) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Newport Arch (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.
Srimenanti 9-2 (9-5) Took keen hold in touch, ridden over 4f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Ollon (9-7) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft in Apr.
Al Furat (USA) 7-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, ridden over 3f out, one pace in 6th and no impression when not much room over 1f out, 6th of 10, 14l behind Countrywide Flame (8-13) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Ad Value (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway on outer 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong, 8th of 12, 30l behind La Bacouetteuse (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Sposalizio (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, 9th of 11, 19l behind Yazdi (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs.