Indigo Rock is 7lb better off with Loose Preformer for the six lengths he was beaten at Wetherby last month. David O'Meara's was beaten 27 lengths on a return visit to the West Yorkshire track and there may not be much between the pair today. Winning pointer Soweheard got off the mark at Downpatrick on just his second start over hurdles and further improvement is likely but Academy General and 12-year-old General Hardi have less scope. We're keen to keep OSCAR TANNER onside as he bolted up over 2m5f here on his hurdling debut after four runs in bumpers. The longer trip is unlikely to be a problem and Lucy Alexander's mount can double his tally.
Academy General (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Made all, mistakes 5th and 7th, clear 3 out, easily, won at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Mongress Boy (10-13) by 18l, 6 ran.
General Hardi 18-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, pushed along after 8th, driven after 2 out, stayed on gamely to close final 150 yards, led post, won at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May beating Tick Tocker (11-5) by ns, 6 ran.
Loose Preformer (IRE) 5-4fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 5th, not fluent 7th, went 2nd before 8th, led before 3 out, soon hung left and blundered 3 out, headed after 2 out, soon beaten, 2nd of 6, 27l behind Willoughby Hedge (10-13) at Wetherby 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Oscar Tanner (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, led before last, soon clear, easily, won at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd beating Arisda (9-11) by 11l, 12 ran.
Soweheard (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Waited with, closer in 5th before 3 out, challenged on outer next, on terms last, soon led and hung left run-in, stayed on, won at Downpatrick 2m 5f mdn hdl gd in May beating Faanan Aldaar (9-12) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Blue Lodge (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Mid-division on outside, lost place 3rd, ridden after 5th, behind next, tailed off 4 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Whispering Gallery (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb, 12 ran.
Indigo Rock (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 3 out, soon challenged, kept on and no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Loose Preformer (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Just Awake 66-1 (10-7) Towards rear, unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Oscar Tanner (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd, 12 ran.
Mr Mistopheles (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, hampered 1st, lost place 5th, weakened next, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Saphir Du Rheu (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Native Court (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Towards rear, ridden along from 3 out, chased leaders and no impression from before straight, kept on, 5th of 12, 18l behind I Never Knew That (11-3) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in May.
Sarasola 16-1 (12-5) Ur 1, in a race won by Quix (12-5) at Border 2m 4f ptp sft in May, 10 ran.
Trentside William 7-1 (12-3) Mists; held up; hdwy 10; wkng when ur 14, in a race won by Cap Benat (12-0) at South Durham 3m ptp gd, 7 ran.
Desert Sting 20-1 (10-7) Towards rear, weakened from 4th, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Just Cameron (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Merry Minster 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, jumped right at times, weakened passing omitted 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 48l behind Binowagh Bay (10-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f mrs nov sll hdl (5) gd in May.