Sun Cloud got off the mark over a similar distance at Wetherby earlier in the month and has to go on the short-list here, despite a 10lb higher mark. Zakatal doesn't look badly treated back over hurdles and is fit from the Flat but Victor Hewgo was raised 15lb after winning at Uttoxeter in July and was well beaten back in novice company last time. ZEFOOHA has never won over this trip but she's done enough to suggest she'll stay on this relatively flat track, winning over 2m2f on the level at Pontefract last month. Tim Walford's mare gets the nod with Chepstow third Kellystown Lad looking the pick of the remainder.
Solway Sam 12-1 (11-7) Behind, headway into mid-division 3rd, in touch 9th, effort on outside 3 out, kept on same pace approaching next, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Scotswell (11-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Victor Hewgo 5-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, nudged along approaching 3 out, weakened flat, 6th of 13, 25l behind Floral Patches (9-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Sun Cloud (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Behind, headway approaching 8th, led after 4 out, hard ridden next, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Sphinx (11-5) by 7l, 12 ran.
Kellystown Lad (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in rear, blundered 5th, good headway approaching 8th, pushed along and outpaced 4 out, rallied before last, stayed on to 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Pocket Too (10-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Zakatal 5-1fav (10-9) Held up in mid-division, hit 7th, headway when mistake 2 out, 7th and no impresison when mistake last, 8th of 14, 23l behind Westlin' Winds (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Jul '11.
Zefooha (FR) 7-2 (11-9) With leader, led 6th, ridden and headed before and mistake last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Bellaboosh (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Corso Palladio (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, lost place 7th, behind 9th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Le Beau Bai (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Combustible Kate (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Led, headed 7th but remained prominent, ridden in 4th after 4 out, no impression from 2 out and kept on one pace, 4th of 16, 12l behind Captain Luke (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f mdn hdl gd in Aug.