Dare Me has been quite highly tried over fences so far and will appreciate this drop in grade. But CALL BACK is likely to be suited by a switch to the larger obstacles and arrives in good form, winning over hurdles at Newcastle last month. He also has a victory to his name on this unique course. Musnad won over timber at Wetherby and Southwell before finishing second at Kelso and could be the pick of the remainder as Cavite Eta appeared to lose his way last year and Grey Soldier has never fulfilled early promise.
Dare Me (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, headway 10th, every chance 4 out, 4th and no extra when hit 2 out, 7th of 14, 28l behind Fairy Rath (10-6) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd.
Bucklemyshoe (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Led til hdd aft 14; outpcd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Pistolet Time (12-0) at Friars Haugh 3m ptp gs in Mar '11, 17 ran.
Call Back 4-1 (11-9) Made all, not fluent 4 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on under pressure flat, won at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr beating Platinum (11-5) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Cavite Eta (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led, clear until after 6th, headed before 3 out, weakened approaching last, last of 5, 40l behind Cool Baranca (9-12) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Grey Soldier (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, slow 2nd, pushed along 8th, detatched 4 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Farmer Matt (10-0) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Musnad (USA) 9-4 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on, held by winner flat, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Endeavor (10-10) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Mystified (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, hampered 13th, never dangerous, 5th of 8, well behind Blazing Bull (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Mar.