Beauboreen won a less competitive handicap at Carlisle last time and is upped 7lb. HERONSHAW has been raised the same amount for finishing second to Minella For Steak at Chepstow on his reappearance. But he was a street clear of the rest on that occasion and Henry Daly's charge can go one better in this. Western Jo returns to action for the in-form Hobbs' yard having won on his hurdling debut at Chepstow back in April, while Hada Men is not easily dismissed off his current mark with a recent run at this track under his belt.
Hada Men (USA) 9-2 (11-3) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 8, 18l behind Stopped Out (11-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Howizee 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, pushed along before 3 out, soon ridden and lost place, 5th of 6, 28l behind Abnaki (11-1) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Heronshaw (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, blundered 4 out, headway before 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, chased winner before last, soon every chance, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Minella For Steak (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy.
Shalone 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 6th or 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr beating Pret A Thou (10-5) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Western Jo (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, jumped left and not fluent 2 out, went left again last, ridden and stayed on flat, won at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Apr beating Twin Barrels (11-0) by 4l, 12 ran.
Alderley Rover (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, mistake 4th, headway before 3 out, soon chased winner, ridden before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Corkage (11-0) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar '12.
Beauboreen (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway from 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden and 5 lengths down last, stayed on flat, led towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy beating Funky Munky (10-11) by nk, 6 ran.
Wellforth (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Prominent, not fluent 3rd, lost place after 5th, ridden before 7th, rallied approaching 3 out, one pace next, mistake last, no extra towards finish, 4th of 14, 6l behind Red Admirable (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
American Life (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th and next, never involved, 9th of 17, 22l behind Invicta Lake (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.