BALLYFARSOON improved for the step up to 1m6f when scoring here last month and has scope for further progress over this longer distance. Bathwick Street never threatened despite finishing third here last time but it's only a matter of time before Medieval Bishop takes advantage of a slide down the weights. Direct Approach has won a bumper on the Fibresand at Southwell while Akula, Swampfire and Cathedral have all been running well over hurdles with preference for the latter dropped 5lb for his return to the Flat.
Cathedral 50-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 13l behind Gabrial's Star (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) in Nov.
King Olav (UAE) 50-1 (9-2) Chased leader, pushed along 3f out, soon hung right and ridden, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened soon after, last of 10, 15l behind Aldeburgh (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Swampfire (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, early reminders, headway on outer 9f out, in touch, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Atalanta Bay (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Shadows Ofthenight (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Held up in last pair, pushed along over 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 7, 8l behind Sgt Reckless (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Direct Approach (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, headway into mid-division over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 7th of 10, 12l behind Angus Glens (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) in Dec.
Medieval Bishop (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) With leader, led over 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 4th of 10, 5l behind Topaling (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6).
Akula (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 33l behind Six Of Clubs (9-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec '12.
Ballyfarsoon (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, driven to lead over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) in Dec beating Well Owd Mon (9-6) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Bathwick Street 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, led well over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Urban Castle (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5).