A race that appears to revolve around the in-form Rebel Swing, who is now being asked to defy a further 9lb rise for winning at Uttoxeter last time. He remains unexposed, but he has gone up around 20lb in total for recent successes and the percentage call is to take him on with SONARA. Howard Johnson's raids here are legendary and he is not averse to pulling off an upset. This six-year-old has not won for a while but stays very well, acts on fast ground and comes here fit from a spin on the Flat, so we will chance him. An on-song Osolomio would be a danger, while support for fast ground distance winner Lady Wright is likely to be significant. Of Course would appear better on soft ground, though neither King Penda nor Inner Voice are ruled out.
Osolomio (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led, mistake 1st, headed after 3rd, reminder and weakened after 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jeu De Roseau (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Faith And Reason (USA) 33-1 (10-9) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 19l behind Ockey De Neulliac (10-12) at Catterick 2m nov chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Balamory Dan (IRE) 22-1 (10-9) Led, headed approaching 3 out, tailed off when jinked right and unseated rider last, in a race won by Terenzium (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec '08, 8 ran.
Eliza Doalott (IRE) 7-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders, keen early, weakened after 4 out, 10th of 12, 39l behind Icy Colt (10-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Of Course (FR) 5-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, jumped left throughout, ridden 12th, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Teerie Express (10-2) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar, 4 ran.
Waltham Abbey 9-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, weakened 3 out, 7th of 15, 43l behind Hassadin (10-7) at Catterick 2m 3f sell (5) gs in Feb.
Inner Voice (USA) 5-1 (10-5) In touch, hit 3rd and 4th, led after 2 out, soon headed, weakened flat, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Holiday Cocktail (10-12) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) gs.
Rebel Swing 4-1 (11-5) Prominent, outpaced after 8th, rallied after 2 out, edged left and stayed on well to lead flat, won going away, won at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep beating Calypso Bay (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
King Penda (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear and keen, headway and ridden after 2 out, evrychance run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Fair Spin (10-4) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in May.
What's Occurrin 12-1 (11-8) Led, hit 6th, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 16, well behind Flying Doctor (9-13) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in May.
Fly Tipper 10-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, reminders after 5th, soon lost place, 11th of 14, 50l behind Zahara Joy (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Lady Wright (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 45l behind Jeu De Roseau (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Sonara (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Solway Bee (11-8) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Mar, 10 ran.
Sambelucky (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Towards rear,weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, 32l behind Patriot (10-11) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gf in May.
Appeal Denied (IRE) 28-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 38l behind No Supper (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.