POCKET TOO won here and at Perth in April on soft ground and will be all the better for a recent pipe-opener on the Flat. He'll probably be a fairly short price in this handicap but looks the one to beat getting weight from largely out-of-form rivals. Ski Sunday and Cresswell Crusader may both need this and Kellystown Lad also returns from a lay-off but Old Way didn't fare badly in this grade at Stratford last time considering he was pulling for his head. He'll need to settle better here, however, if he's to stay the longer trip.
Ski Sunday 9-1 (11-12) With leader, led after 2nd, headed 7th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 47l behind On The Right Path (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in May.
Love of Tara 25-1 (11-9) Prominent, pecked 2nd, ridden after 9th, soon lost place, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Benbens (11-1) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Cresswell Crusader 13-8fav (10-13) Held up, closed 9f out, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 6, 16l behind The Hollinwell (10-8) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb.
Firebird Flyer (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up behind, not fluent 2nd, struggling 6th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rebel Rebellion (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct, 11 ran.
Top Dancer (FR) 9-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and outpaced approaching omitted 3 out, weakened 2f out, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Sixty Something (11-7) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Pocket Too 6-4fav (10-9) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 5th, led approaching 10th, joined and hit 2 out, driven and held on gamely close home, won at Perth 3m 3f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Apr beating Jaunty Journey (11-7) by shd, 5 ran.
Kellystown Lad (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) In rear, struggling from before 14th, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Mylord Collonges (10-6) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Old Way (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, lost place before 3 out, 5th of 11, 16l behind Harry Hunt (11-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.