Monkhair, SPARKLING BROOK and Wee Ziggy catch the eye here with Sparkling Brook taken to maintain his recent improvement. Monkhair is chasing a hat-trick and off only a 4lb higher mark he must go well. However, the form of those wins looks quite weak, and he looks worth taking on at the likely restrictive price. Wee Ziggy has run well on his last two starts, finishing close up on both occasions. He has failed to win however in over 30 starts and is taken on. Sparkling Brook turned in a fine performance behind an in form type last time, and though this trip may be on the sharp side, further progression seems likely. Sparkling Brook is relatively unexposed and looks well treated.
Ask Archer 25-1 (10-12) Pulled hard, held up last, struggling in poor 5th after 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind U B Carefull (10-5) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf.
The Grey One (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Awkward start and lost many lenghts, took keen hold, latched on to rear of main group 3rd, not fluent 5th, lost touch after 3 out, 10th of 11, 42l behind Saltagioo (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf.
Timoca (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Made most until reminder after 5th, weakened after next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Monkhair (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs hcp hdl (5) gf, 9 ran.
Tar (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, ridden after 5th, behind when blundered 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by New Rackheath (10-6) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs, 9 ran.
Mauritino (GER) 11-2fav (11-9) Mid-division, pulled hard, mistake 4th, headway next, weakened after 3 out, 12th of 14, well behind Miss Mamma Wagga (10-5) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.
Monkhair (IRE) 5-2 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway after 4th, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, wandered when clear last, driven flat, all out towards finish, just lasted (no time taken), won at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Papradon (10-9) by ns, 13 ran.
Scotsbrook Cloud 12-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, ridden after 7th, 8th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Grand Bay (11-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd, 10 ran.
Barodine 25-1 (11-2) Behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gold Reef (11-5) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Dec '08, 18 ran.
Mulaazem 66-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, lost place 4th, outpaced 3 out, soon beaten, left moderate 3rd last, 3rd of 7, 32l behind Freedom Fire (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Poacher's Dream (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, struggling from 6th, tailed off, 6th of 14, well behind Entertain Me (10-7) at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gf in May.
Aughcarra (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Always behind, tailed off after 6th, 6th of 10, 39l behind Heron Bay (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Risk Challenge (USA) 15-8fav (10-1) Held up towards rear, headway after 6th, stayed on from 2 out, kept on flat, never going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 13, 23l behind Papradon (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Sparkling Brook (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up in last trio, headway before 2 out, soon 3rd and driven before last, weakened and lost 3rd flat, 4th of 10, 6l behind Restart (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Shipboard Romance (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Behind, struggling 3 out, 5th of 8, 9l behind Cubism (11-0) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Wee Ziggy 18-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 2 out, stayed on well flat, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Choctaw Nation (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd.
Turkish Sultan (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Pulled hard towards rear, ridden after 6th, headway approaching 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 15, 11l behind Public Esteem (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf.