It's not always easy to defy a penalty in a bumper and there is a question mark about the merit of ABSOLUTE BYGONES' comfortable defeat of two rivals at Hexham but he still looks the one to beat in a modest finale with winning pointer Lord Of Drums making his debut under Rules. One In A Row's Irish form is nothing to write home about while the market should prove the best guide to the chances of newcomers Cumbrian Farmer and Mister Pagan.
Absolutely Bygones (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jun beating Next Sensation (11-3) by 16l, 3 ran.
Cumbrian Farmer Alflora gelding out of Quark Top.
Lord Of Drums (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Rcd 2nd, left ld 8th, qknd 3out, qknd well run in, easily, won at Lingstown 3m ire ptp gd in Mar beating The Crazy Crab (12-0) by 15l, 15 ran.
One In A Row (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Soon disputed lead, 2nd from 7f out, dropped to 4th and ridden approaching straight, soon no impression and kept on, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Pique Sous (12-3) at Tipperary 2m N H flat hvy in Jul.
Mister Pagan Sulamani gelding out of Gunner Marc.
Comeonskinnylove (IRE) Catcher In The Rye mare out of Another Shadow.
Wor Lass 33-1 (9-12) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, soon struggling, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Brady (11-2) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.