A tough race to call but from a shortlist of CIVIL SERVANT, Intersky Music and Mansonn Leda, the vote is given to Civil Servant. Nigel Twiston-Davies is in decent form right now and Civil Servant does go well for his young rider Sam Twiston-Davies. His last three runs have all been solid enough and another bold bid is expected here. Intersky Music ran well considering he was giving away weight to some of the fancied runners last time out. His young rider Gerald Quinn got a decent tune out of him that day, but although he does handle a bit of cut in the ground, his best form is on a faster surface. Ferdy Murphy believes his horses are just beginning to hit form so Mansonn Leda could be worth considering, but she has been off the track since March and she may be sharper for the run. Shut The Bar is interesting now that he is back in a handicap and he did look in need of the run when last seen out at Fakenham. Cash For Honours has ability but he has yet to get his head in front in 12 attempts so the percentage call would be to take him on. Sea Cove and Laborec are others to consider, but the vote goes to Civil Servant.
Laborec (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked winner, blundered 5th, challenged 2 out, every chance last, no extra and hung badly left flat, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Industrial Star (11-2) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr.
Civil Servant 9-4 (10-11) Chased leader until after 2nd, not fluent next, ridden after 3 out, chased winner approaching 2 out, switched both ways between last 2, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Rathrockscourt (11-5) at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Oct.
Pheidias (IRE) 28-1 (11-11) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, jumped slowly and lost several places next, pushed along after 7th, outpaced from next, no chance from 9th, 9th of 17, well behind Theatrical Moment (11-10) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.
Shut The Bar 9-4 (11-5) Tracked winner to 4th, hit 7th, 2nd again next, ridden after 3 out, no impression last, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Baily Storm (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Intersky Music (USA) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, every chance 2 out, soon ridden, no extra when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Teviot Lass (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Karky Schultz (GER) 7-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, stayed on from next, 4th of 10, 9l behind Dancewiththedevil (9-9) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jul.
River Logic (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 4 out, drew clear approaching 2 out, pushed out, comfortably, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chase (4) gf in Mar '08 beating Turbo Shandy (11-0) by 19l, 8 ran.
Mansonn Leda (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 3rd, one pace and no impression 2 out, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Sky Calling (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Oniz Tiptoes (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Led to 3rd, remained prominent, under pressure before 10th, gradually weakened, 6th of 12, 22l behind De Soto (11-2) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Aug.
Cash For Honours 11-1 (10-4) Mid-division on outside, headway after 4th, led approaching 3 out, headed 3 out, no impression flat, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Dovedale (10-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Overbranch 17-2 (10-11) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 11, 11l behind Cast Iron Casey (11-12) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Sea Cove 13-2 (10-12) Led until headed approaching 2nd, chased clear leader, challenged 2 out, every chance last, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Benmadigan (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Oct.
Ramvaswani (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Chased leaders to 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 28l behind Kealshore Boy (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Oct.
Insignia (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, lost place after 4 out, 13th of 15, 39l behind Vincenzio (11-12) at Towcester 2m 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
Seven Stars 25-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, effort 4 out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 18l behind Jayne's Crusader (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Baileys Benchmark 40-1 (9-11) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, kept on under pressure from next, never near leaders, 4th of 12, 27l behind Sabre Hongrois (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Vogarth 250-1 (10-5) Always behind, 7th of 11, 28l behind Press The Button (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.