Blackwater King was fancied in the betting for both starts this season but has let supporters down with a couple of ordinary efforts. Today's drop in class should see him finish closer, but it could pay to stick with SUPRISE VENDOR. The latter returned an easy winner in testing ground at Hexham last time and can shrug off a 9lb rise and follow up in this company. The remaining trio make little appeal on recent form, though Lough Coi would figure with a repeat of his second at Uttoxeter at the start of this month.
Blackwater King (IRE) 10-3 (10-13) In rear, mistake 4th, headway before 2 out, weakened from next, 4th of 8, 21l behind Definite Dream (10-10) at Carlisle 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Air Chief 50-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 14th of 15, well behind Hartside (10-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 11-4 (10-10) Made all, pressed 3 out to next, drew clear on bit between last, unchallenged after, won at Hexham 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy beating Cavite Eta (11-12) by 17l, 5 ran.
Lough Coi (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Last pair, ridden and struggling before 7th, never on terms, tailed off, 6th of 10, 30l behind Sablazo (10-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy.
Detour Ahead 4-1 (11-9) Chased leader until ridden 10th, chased leading pair when mistake 3 out, jumped right 2 out and last, plugged on, 3rd of 6, 19l behind Molko Jack (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft.