Baccalaureate, comfortably clear on official ratings, is far from bombproof as he's unproven over this trip. Seemingly no longer the force of old, he ought to still be good enough if getting three miles but does represent a risky proposition at present. Andrea Bambaleo has no such stamina concerns but is not in the best of form either but Stand Clear's recent Cartmel second to Cygnet in selling company brings him into calculations. JAWAAB gained his only hurdling success back in 2011 but doesn't have many miles on the clock over timber and his latest effort on the Flat when third in a Pontefract marathon was a decent effort - he gets the nod.
Baccalaureate (FR) 5-4fav (11-0) Chased leaders, outpaced after 2 out, no impression after, went well held 3rd last, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Mighty Whitey (10-11) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) gs.
Andreo Bambaleo 3-1 (11-3) Prominent, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 28l behind Ardesia (10-7) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) sft in May.
Jawaab (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden after 5th, lost place before next, well beaten from 7th, 9th of 13, well behind Jack Albert (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Master Bud 50-1 (9-4) Slowly away, always in rear, 7th of 13, 17l behind Mister Wall Street (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Stand Clear 16-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway from 8th, disputing close 2nd when not clear run on bend turning for home and dropped to 3rd, switched right soon after but winner already going clear, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Cygnet (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 6f (5) gd in May.
Dermo's Dilemma 80-1 (9-11) Mid-division, jumped slowly and struggling 8th, tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Cygnet (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 6f (5) gd in May, 13 ran.
Gilston Bay 33-1 (10-0) Held up, mistake 1st, mistake and struggling from 3rd, blundered and well beaten 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Mighty Whitey (10-11) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) gs.