SAMURAI WARRIOR is taken to follow up from his recent Lingfield success with both Solo River and Channel Crossing worth noting. The selection has been kept busy by trainer David Evans winning as far back as January on the all weather. He had run a few times over jumps also but came back to his best when winning at Lingfield last time out in a handicap. He has been dropped into this claiming contest and has been put in off a realistic mark so is sure to go close. Solo River ran well to finish second in a seller at Brighton last time out but she is proving a tricky filly to win with. She is more than capable on her day to win a race of this nature but she is not the most consistent so has to be treated with some caution. Channel Crossing has been running in better races than this of late. He managed to win a handicap here over further by making all and if similar tactics are adopted he should run well now he's dropped in grade. However, Samurai Warrior looks the form pick and is preferred.
Channel Crossing 10-1 (9-4) Chased leader 7f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 18l behind Surprise Pension (7-11) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Gasat (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Keen, close up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 8l behind Surprise Pension (7-11) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Princelywallywogan 4-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 15l behind Paint The Town Red (9-1) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Tried And True (FR) 15-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 8, 6l behind Polish Power (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in May.
Samurai Warrior 14-1 (8-7) Tracked leader 3f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) in May beating Ross Moor (8-6) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Admiral Arry 40-1 (9-6) Led early, prominent until weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 27l behind Dressed To Dance (8-10) at Bath 6f sell stks (6) gf in May.
Ali D 50-1 (7-11) Behind and outpaced, 10th of 12, 26l behind Wodhill Gold (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcap (6) fbs in Jan '08.
Maddy 7-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, edged left and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Rose Of Coma (8-2) at Leicester 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in May.
Solo River 13-8fav (9-3) Soon chasing leader, led over 2f out, edged left and headed over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Theocritus (9-8) at Brighton 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in May.