Plenty of pace on which should suit AMBER BROOK. One of two for the yard, this mare is ridden by stable jockey Paddy Brennan and she should be able to win off this mark of 140 despite getting on in years. David Pipe has a strong hand with AP McCoy a notable booking for the wilful Battle Group, whilst Hills Of Aran looked promising when seen 488 days ago and he is not to be discounted on this return, although fences may await after this run. Markington's recent flat form has dropped away, and a bigger threat should be Chester Lad who looked a novice going places last season. King's Forest looks fairly handicapped, and along with Viking Blond, King Ar Aghaidh and Earth Dream is not to be discounted.
Lough Derg (FR) 13-2 (11-11) Led to 3rd, chased leaders until lost place after next, soon struggling, tailed off from 7th, 5th of 7, well behind Trenchant (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Hills Of Aran 4-11fav (11-5) Chased clear leader until approaching 6th, 2nd again before 12th, led after 13th, drew clear after 2 out very easily, won at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Jun '09 beating Winsley Hill (10-12) by 28l, 5 ran.
Raslan 12-1 (11-9) Always prominent, led briefly 7th, led again 4 out, hit next, soon headed, outpaced 2 out, rallied and every chance last, kept on, no extra rowards finish, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Ben's Folly (9-11) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Sep.
Buena Vista (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Prominent, led 9th, headed after 2 out, soon ridden, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 21, 9l behind Ringaroses (11-0) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Amber Brook (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out on outer, kept on from 2 out, 3rd of 21, 13l behind Picture This (10-7) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Battle Group 7-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, progress to track leaders from before 6 out, dropped to moderate 4th approaching straight, 3rd and kept on without threatening from before last, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind One Cool Tornado (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd in Sep.
Markington 11-2 (11-3) Chased leaders, challenged 2 out, led before last, driven clear flat, won at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jun beating Sheriff Hutton (11-12) by 10l, 16 ran.
Chester Lad 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, led after next, not fluent last, drew clear flat, stayed on well, won at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Last Of The Bunch (10-12) by 9l, 15 ran.
Barnhill Brownie (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders to 5th, soon behind, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Ben's Folly (9-11) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Sep.
King's Forest (IRE) 18-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders on outside 3 out, soon outpaced, weakned from next, tailed off, 8th of 12, 44l behind Ben's Folly (9-11) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Sep.
Viking Blond (FR) 14-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, reminders approaching 6th soon lost place, tailed off and eased from 4 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Picture This (10-7) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) gd in May, 21 ran.
Sangfroid 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden approaching 3 out, kept on from 2 out, always held, 5th of 21, 17l behind Picture This (10-7) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
King Ar Aghaidh (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) In rear, ridden after 6th, headway 8th, outpaced next, stayed on same pace from 3 out, 4th of 12, 11l behind Tarvini (10-4) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gf in Jun.
Jug Of Punch (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) In touch when mistake 1st, soon in rear, stayed on from 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 15, 13l behind The Wee Midget (11-6) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Earth Dream (IRE) 10-3fav (11-6) Held up in touch, driven along in well held 7th 4 out, stayed on approaching last, kept on flat, never in contention, 5th of 11, 14l behind For Non Stop (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.