Brave Spartacus makes appeal from a pedigree perspective, especially with Denis O'Regan booked, but his trainer has had one winner from 74 runners in bumpers lately and that's a huge concern. Sue Smith's record in bumpers is slightly better and her decision to pay £25,000 for HIGH HOYLANDER can pay instant dividends. Her new recruit was unfortunate to bump into a very well backed debut winner at Market Rasen and, as a big, stuffy sort, can be expected to have learned plenty from that run. Market support for his stablemate Kent Street would be interesting but in the absence of that guide Middlebrook may prove next best. He was very well supported ahead of his debut at Carlisle and, having bumped into a smart rival, is sure to feature if improving for the experience.
Brave Spartacus (IRE) Spartacus gelding out of Peaches Polly.
Darkan Road 16-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on, no impression, 5th of 10, 16l behind Call Me Bill (10-8) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Farm Pixie (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, soon lost place, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind The Cockney Mackem (11-4) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) sft in Sep.
Harris Hawk 80-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, 4th of 15, 20l behind Lively Baron (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
High Hoylander 25-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 6f out, went 2nd 5f out, led 3f out, ridden and clear over 1f out, headed last 50 yards, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Harsh But Fair (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Jul.
Kent Street (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Fernhill.
Knockando 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division on inner hampered badly 1st bend, soon towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 33l behind Aikman (10-9) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.
Master Murphy (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 9f out until 6f out, led over 4f out, hung left and headed over 1f out, soon beaten and swished tail, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Tiptoeaway (11-2) at Hexham 2m nhf (6) gs in Apr.
Middlebrook (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, one pace and no chance with winner from over 1f out, 2nd of 15, 17l behind Lively Baron (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Mister Daniel Dee 50-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders and kean, weakened approaching 4f out, 11th of 12, well behind Eastern Supreme (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Sep '09.
Sleep In First (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear and keen, hampered on stable bend after 6f, never a factor, 10th of 13, well behind Mawsem (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Thurnham 11-2 (10-12) In rear, headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 14, 6l behind Freddie Brown (11-2) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.
Velvet Vic (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 4f out, never dangerous, 17th of 19, well behind Problema Tic (11-5) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in May.
Zaru (FR) 5-2fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Bold Sir Brian (10-12) at Ayr 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) sft in Dec.
Allbarkanobite 7-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, good headway over 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Pickworth (10-10) at Catterick 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Feb.
Saddlers' Secret (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) In rear, pushed along 8f out, weakened 6f out, tailed off, 8th of 13, 30l behind Di Kaprio (10-1) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (2) gd in Mar.