Alder Mairi came right back to form on heavy ground at Wincanton last month but has been raised the obligatory 7lb since. Lord Protector failed to build on his Sandown win over a longer trip at Wetherby next time while Swynmor is proving hard to win with and Tiger O'Toole has now finished tailed off in his last three starts. SOMEMOTHERSDOHAVEM is slowly regaining his form and now 5lb lower than when just beaten at Ascot last April. He appeared to handle heavy going at Warwick so gets the nod as Lava Lamp appears to have lost his way lately.
Swnymor (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) In rear, headway before 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last, last of 6, 25l behind Saphir Du Rheu (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f ltd hcp hdl (2) hvy.
Alder Mairi (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) In touch, headway to chase leaders approaching 5th, led before 2 out, ridden and stayed on from last, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan beating Silsol (10-9) by 2l, 13 ran.
Tiger O'Toole (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Held up in last, mistake and lost touch 6th, 4th of 5, well behind Virak (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Lord Protector (IRE) 3-1fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, soon ridden and one pace, weakened last, 5th of 8, 18l behind Embsay Crag (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Lava Lamp (GER) 20-1 (11-4) Not fluent 1st, in rear, pushed along 10th, blundered 12th, never on terms, 9th of 13, 27l behind Rhum (11-0) at Ludlow 3m Am hcp ch 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Somemothersdohavem 7-2 (11-12) Held up mid-division, pushed along and outpaced from 3 out, no impression, 6th of 10, 14l behind Keel Haul (10-13) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Prominent on outside, lost place 5th, well beaten after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Still Believing (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy, 10 ran.