PETARA BAY's run behind Swampfire at Taunton was a very satisfactory first effort and Sophie Leech's charge, a winner three times on the Flat, will be tough to beat here if improving for the experience. It's A Steal was a fair third over 2m6f here last month and has solid place prospects again. He has the beating of the more exposed Vuvuzela on the form book while point-to-point winner Tick Tocker may need more times and Ballymartin King tackles hurdles for the first time. So does Gonow, who also has an absence to overcome.
Ballymartin King (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Held up on outside, headway 5f out, outpaced over 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Baltimoar (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Blue Cove Karinga Bay gelding out of Meadow Blue.
Gonow 7-2 (10-13) With leader, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 31l behind Brassick (10-11) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
It's A Steal (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway 6th, hampered before and blundered 4 out, chased leaders and ridden before 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Hi George (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Kauto Alcazar (FR) 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, led 4f out, headed well over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 28l behind Caledonia (10-11) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Petara Bay (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway approaching 2 out, driven and stayed on to 3rd last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Swampfire (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Presenting Junior (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, took keen hold, ridden and struggling after 7th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Hollow Penny (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Tick Tocker (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Led, headed 13f out, led again over 8f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 13l behind Empiracle (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Vuvuzela 40-1 (10-5) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders when hit 3 out, stayed on to 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 13, 3l behind African Gold (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs.
Ute Antique (FR) 50-1 (10-0) Mid-division, weakened after 6th, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Bonnie Burnett (10-7) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.