HIGHLIFE DANCER won over course and distance before following up at Brighton. Though carrying a penalty, it's not easy to get away from the top weight in this as few of his rivals arrive in any sort of form. The exception is Acapulco Bay, who has been going well over hurdles since winning at Chepstow last month. He rates the danger as Glenns Wobbly will struggle to reverse running with the selection here, despite the revised terms, and Midnight Sequel seems better on the all-weather. Bold Cross would have a chance on his best form but appears to be feeling his age nowadays.
Highlife Dancer 6-4fav (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, clear final furlong, stayed on well, easily, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp (6) fm beating Beacon Lady (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Bold Cross (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up, headway 4f out, ridden 3f out, outpaced final 2f, last of 5, 6l behind Perfect Cracker (9-2) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Drummond 8-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, tok keen hold, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Dandy (9-4) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Midnight Sequel 14-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not able to challenge, 4th of 13, 4l behind Kashgar (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Acapulco Bay 20-1 (8-2) Dwelt led after 2f, ridden 3f out, edged left 2f out, all out and held on gamely, won at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May beating On Stage (8-6) by nk, 7 ran.
Josie's Dream (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, pushed along disputing 2nd 3f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, 12th of 14, 20l behind Our Folly (9-7) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Apr.
Arch Event 6-1 (8-7) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, weakened last 100 yards, 6th of 9, 5l behind Kashgar (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Glens Wobbly 5-1 (8-9) Tracked winner 2f, chased leaders in 4th, went 3rd over 2f out, one pace and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Highlife Dancer (8-11) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Hal Of A Lover 28-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden and weakened over 4f out, last of 9, well behind Vexillum (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-58 (6) gd in Aug.