The rejuvenated HALLSTATT arrives on a hat-trick after back-to-back wins at Nottingham. Joe Doyle's claim more than accounts for his latest weight rise and John Mackie's eight-year-old should take all the beating. Eagle Rock is an out-and-out stayer but he was second over this trip at York two weeks ago, when last year's winner Mr Snoozy was only eighth, and makes more appeal than the one-paced Innsbruck. Handsome Ransom finished tailed off on his only previous try over this trip.
Eagle Rock (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Prominent, went 2nd after 3f, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Innsbruck 3-1 (9-2) Midfield, headway over 3f out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 6l behind Linguine (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Handsome Ransom 12-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 7l behind Dolphin Village (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Mr Snoozy 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leader until after 3f, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 13l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Hallstatt (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) In touch in 4th, soon chased leaders, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Lineman (9-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.