Emmaslegend won by 20 lengths at Wincanton six days ago and her amateur rider's claim negates her penalty here. Suzy Smith's mare should take all the beating but it could be worth taking a chance on BORDERHOPPER. He appears to be the main reason why Graham Lee is here rather than Cheltenham and there was a lot to like about his third at Sedgefield earlier this month, though this drop in distance is a slight worry. Sambelucky won at Catterick in December and hasn't been disgraced off higher marks since but the others have very little to recommend them on recent form.
Emmaslegend 16-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, led when not fluent 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf beating Rivermouth (11-5) by 20l, 15 ran.
Sambelucky (IRE) 11-2 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 15, 16l behind Samizdat (10-5) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Borderhopper 28-1 (10-3) Pulled hard in rear, headway 9th, chased leaders 3 out, hard ridden to challenge next, soon one pace, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Mauricetheathlete (10-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Everdon Brook (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Not fluent, took keen hold, close up until mistakes 1st and 2nd and dropped to mid-division, ridden when mistake 7th, soon in rear, 9th of 11, 18l behind The Magic Bishop (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.
Hi Ho Silvia 10-1 (10-0) Keen close up, ridden and lost place 9th, behind and pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Arctic Flow (9-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Feb, 8 ran.
Carys's Lad 18-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 14, 25l behind Sea Cliff (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Jan.
Kilbready Star (IRE) 50-1 (10-6) Always behind, no chance when mistake 3 out, 8th of 12, 42l behind Rossbrin (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Feb.
Sir Clad 250-1 (10-13) Always behind, slow 4th, ridden 6th, struggling after, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Risaala (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gd in Feb.
Masterpoint 12-1 (9-13) Chased leaders to 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened next, 5th of 11, 33l behind Musashi (11-2) at Plumpton 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Young Valentino 150-1 (10-11) Always in rear, struggling 5th, soon tailed off, last of 10, well behind Gurtacrue (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (5) gd.