Strongly Suggested won at Stratford and Market Rasen last summer but then lost his way and didn't show much on his reappearance at Ludlow, though should strip fitter here. ITSUPTOYOU looked to have plenty in hand when landing a novices' handicap here earlier in the month. He's got 9lb more to carry today but could be up to the task. Barenger is probably a little flattered by recent form figures and looks high enough in the weights but still makes more appeal than Miss Tenacious and the veteran Takeroc.
Strongly Suggested 8-1 (11-7) Held up in mid-division, shaken up after 9th, no impression from 4 out, 7th of 8, 25l behind Noche De Reyes (11-3) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Mar.
Miss Tenacious 50-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, effort before 4 out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, well behind Hector's Choice (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Takeroc (FR) 15-2 (11-9) Chased leader until 4th, hit next, chased leading pair until approaching 7th, weakened next, last of 5, 40l behind Le Bacardy (11-11) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Itsuptoyou (IRE) 22-1 (11-7) Held up in 5th, left 4th at 7th, went 3rd 3 out, challenged next, soon led, driven and quickened clear flat, readily, won at Taunton 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Blackwater King (11-12) by 4l, 9 ran.
Barenger (IRE) Evensfav (11-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd and in rear, went 2nd 5 out, ridden and about 3 lengths down when blundered last, no extra, 2nd of 3, 11l behind Overnight Fame (10-11) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.