SUSTAINABILITY has revelled on soft ground lately and his winning run shows no sign of coming to an end. He has been raised 9lb since completing a four-timer at Carlisle but the second and third have franked the form of that race since and the step up in trip could easily bring about further improvement. Conquisto ran a fine race to finish second at Aintree after winning at Fakenham and Trustan Times stayed on late into third behind Cape Tribulation at the Grand National meeting, though that was over an extra half-mile. C&D winner Los Nadis may struggle today, however, and St Killian's Run and Den Of Iniquity lack a recent run while Lady Bluesky could find this too tough.
Conquisto 40-1 (9-13) Prominent, ridden before 2 out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 21, 1l behind Lifestyle (11-2) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gd.
Trustan Times (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Behind, headway under pressure before 3 out, soon ridden, 5th approaching last, stayed on to go 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 21, 7l behind Cape Tribulation (11-12) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs.
Los Nadis (GER) 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led 2nd, ridden and headed before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 21, 12l behind Attaglance (11-12) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd.
Lady Bluesky 7-2 (11-6) With leader, led 4th, clear and well in command when hit and unseated rider last, in a race won by Nelson du Ronceray (10-7) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 7 ran.
St Killian's Run (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Chased leaders, moderate 4th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, weakened run-in, 5th of 10, 36l behind Selection Box (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 2f cond in Dec.
Sustainability (IRE) 4-5fav (11-8) Tracked leader, led 2nd, pressed 3 out, soon ridden, jumped right 2 out, kept on gamely, won at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar beating Granville Island (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Den of Iniquity 16-1 (11-7) Held up in 5th, headway and in touch on outside 9th, mistake next, lost place and reminders 11th, behind 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Giorgio Quercus (11-7) at Haydock 2m 5f grd chs (5yo+) (2) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.