Steel Stockholder hasn't won for over two years but nearly did so when beaten only a head at Thirsk in April while Darabund went even closer when failing by a nose to catch Sairaam at Leicester on his reappearance. A good run from Hakuna Matata earlier on today's card would boost confidence in Broctune Papa Gio's chances as he was third to the latter at Carlisle last time with Nezami, Chookie Avon and Whispered Times all further behind. FIELDGUNNER KIRKUP has run a couple of decent races since returning to action and given a chance by the handicapper after a recent third at Ayr, he gets the vote off a 2lb lower mark.
Daruband 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, switched left over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 11, ns behind Sairaam (9-0) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Daring Dream (GER) 9-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, plugged on final furlong, no impression, 5th of 7, 10l behind Fourth Generation (8-13) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 10-3fav (9-4) Chased winner, challenged over 1f out, lost 2nd place inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Silverware (9-7) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Chookie Avon 22-1 (8-9) Keen hold in mid-division, headway over 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 5l behind Oratory (8-13) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Whispered Times (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Soon led, headed over 6f out, prominent, led again over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 15, 13l behind Hakuna Matata (9-4) at Carlisle 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Nezami (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway 4f out, every chance entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 15, 3l behind Hakuna Matata (9-4) at Carlisle 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Romanticize 25-1 (8-11) Chased leaders centre, ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 18l behind Mirza (9-5) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep '10.
Broctune Papa Gio 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, hampered 5f out, ridden over 3f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Hakuna Matata (9-4) at Carlisle 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Steel Stockholder 12-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed near finish, 2nd of 12, hd behind The Osteopath (9-6) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Andiamo Via 9-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, weakened halfway, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 10, 9l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Reason To Believe (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 22l behind St Oswald (9-2) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 18-1 (8-13) In rear, weakened over 1f out, tailed off, 11th of 12, 27l behind Pitkin (8-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Brave Battle 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear on outside, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 15, 16l behind Meandmyshadow (9-5) at Ripon 6f app sell stks (6) gd in Sep.
Marster Parkes 40-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 2f out, 9th of 14, 31l behind Cameron Highland (8-11) at Redcar 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gs in Apr.
Hellbender (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 7l behind Best Trip (8-9) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.