MIDNIGHT GOLD is chanced at the expense of Paradise Expected and Rocky Lane. Peter Bowen's string are in fair nick at present and while Midnight Gold is better known as a chaser, his hurdling mark is some way below that of the chasing rating and we are hopeful that he can take full advantage of that anomaly. Paradise Expected stays three miles with few issues and this likeable mare is sure to run her race. Rocky Lane has a fairly stout pedigree so there has to be some hope that he will get the extra distance. Strand Line had shown a modicum of ability for Phillip Rothwell in Ireland prior to joining current connections. From an unfashionable yard, he is likely to be a couple of points bigger than his form allows. Walls Way won impressively at this course in March and is sure to be popular under a small rise for those labours. Plenty of plausible winners but Midnight Gold might just have the element of class required.
Paradise Expected 11-2 (10-4) Chased clear leader, lost place halfway, soon no impression, 4th of 6, 11l behind Painter Man (11-13) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Rocky Lane (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In rear, pushed along after 3rd, weakened from 5th, 10th of 11, well behind Zazamix (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Midnight Gold 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened approaching 3 out, 4th of 7, 36l behind Shaka's Pearl (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Tinalliat (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Prom; ev ch 3 out; wknd qckly nxt, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Micks Prospect (12-0) at Trecoed 3m ptp gf in Jun.
Strand Line (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Led after 1st, headed approaching 3 out, chased winner after, no impression from next, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Flower Haven (10-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Back In Business (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway after 5 out, narrow 3rd and well held by leading pair when fell 2 out, in a race won by Backfromthecongo (11-9) at Ffos Las 3m hcp ch 0-95 (5) gd in Mar, 5 ran.
Walls Way 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4 out, led 2 out, clear when blundered last, kept on, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Mar beating Keepholdin (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Septos 200-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, reminders after 8th, weakened approaching next, 5th of 7, well behind Kennel Hill (11-1) at Ludlow 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Flag Flier 2-1fav (10-5) Chased leaders, every chance approaching 2 out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Petroglyph (11-0) at Ludlow 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Welsh Jaunt 66-1 (10-5) In touch, reminders after 5th and 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, went right and blundered 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 11, well behind Prescelli (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Mangonel 66-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, under pressure 3out, weakened next, 6th of 14, 19l behind Quo Video (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.