Nick Slatter was in the saddle when the quirky SUD PACIFIQUE was only beaten a nose at Cheltenham in April last year off a 2lb higher mark. He probably won't get a better chance to end his losing run than in this so gets a tentative vote ahead of Call Box, who beat Los Nadis by eight lengths over track and trip last month and should confirm the form. Rumble of Thunder is starting to come down the weights again and could play a part but Scots Gaelic quickly downed tools at Fakenham last time and Tom Wade may need this. Golden Sparkle has shown nothing this season and is best watched until hinting at a revival.
Call Box (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 5 out, led after 4 out, clear 3 out, stayed on strongly, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan beating Los Nadis (11-8) by 8l, 7 ran.
Rumble Of Thunder (IRE) 18-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 22l behind Ubaltique (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 10-3fav (11-10) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Maller Tree (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan, 8 ran.
Sud Pacifique (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 4th of 9, 7l behind Clever Cookie (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Golden Sparkle (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 7, 31l behind Trucking Along (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.
Los Nadis (GER) 5-1 (11-8) Chased leader, pushed along before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon chased winner, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Call Box (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Tom Wade (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) In touch in mid-division, closed 4th, weakened after 2 out, 7th of 8, 29l behind Thunder Sheik (11-6) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Aug.