Swaledale Lad was clear of the third when chasing home the well-backed Up To Something over track and trip earlier this month and is only a couple of pounds higher. NEXT SENSATION was quite impressive when winning at Plumpton nine days ago, however, and can defy his penalty as he looks a real chasing type. Blackwater King will strip fitter for his run over hurdles at Wetherby while Firth Of The Clyde and Rupert Bear are worth monitoring for future reference, as is Definite Dream. Kykate had decent form over fences in the spring and looks the pick of the remainder.
Swaledale Lad (IRE) 6-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, headway approaching 4 out, soon chasing leader, jumped left 2 out, kept on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Up To Something (11-5) at Carlisle 2m (3) gd.
Kykate 9-2 (11-12) In touch in 4th, in 3rd when fell 11th, in a race won by The Black Baron (11-6) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May, 6 ran.
Champagne Agent (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 10th 4 out, no impression from next, 6th of 18, 32l behind Best Value (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Blackwater King (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Tracked leader and keen, challenged and every chance 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 11, 16l behind Stormy Weather (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Firth Of The Clyde 15-8fav (11-0) Tracked leader, not fluent when led 3rd, headed between last 2, no extra flat, weakened into 5th towards finish, 5th of 12, 5l behind Discovery Bay (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Rupert Bear 4-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, some headway before 2 out in 5th, in 4th and weakened before last, 4th of 7, 24l behind Mojolika (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Definite Dream (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, headway to lead briefly 2nd, chased leading pair, hit 6th, went 2nd soon after, lost 2nd 3 out, went 2nd soon after next, no chance with winner, hit last, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Bally Rone (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Next Sensation (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Jumped well, raced freely, made all, came clear after 3 out, heavily eased towards finish, unchallenged, won at Plumpton 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft beating Moorlands Jack (11-4) by 10l, 8 ran.
Leroy Parker (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, last of 9, 33l behind Cool Baranca (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Sep.