My Arch just got up to catch SIMONSIDE on the line over 3m1f here earlier this month but the latter can gain revenge over the shorter trip, especially as a last-flight error probably cost him the race. Brian Ellison's charge looks good enough for this though the youngster High Ransom looked certain to be suited by further when staying on strongly at Carlisle. Knight Valiant came in for good support when runner-up at Catterick but the biggest threat may emerge from Arctic Wings, who is 5lb lower than when runner-up at Newbury in March and showed signs of a revival at Bangor last time.
My Arch 11-4 (11-10) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden and went 2nd before last, led flat, just held on close home, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs beating Simonside (11-1) by ns, 9 ran.
Sendali (FR) 13-2 (11-3) Held up, went 4th 7th, hit 10th, challenged after 3 out, switched left before last, switched right flat, stayed on, unable to peg back winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Scotsbrook Cloud (11-2) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jun.
High Ransom 9-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and stayed on approaching 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, over 2 lengths to find, staying on when leader blundered last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Chester Lad (11-8) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Wee Giant (USA) 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, never involved, tailed off, 11th of 18, well behind Our Father (11-11) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.
Soft Spoken Guy (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) With leaders, led 2nd, headed 4th, tracked leaders, lost place from 11th, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Seize (11-1) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 8 ran.
Sphinx (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 12th of 15, well behind Al Co (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb.
Arctic Wings (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, stayed on before last, never on terms, 4th of 9, 20l behind Grey Gold (11-6) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Simonside 7-2 (11-1) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, led before 3 out, ridden and headed run-in, kept on, just held close home, 2nd of 9, ns behind My Arch (11-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Sam Lord 40-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway before and blundered 9th, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 13l behind Dais Return (11-1) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Knight Valliant 9-2fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway from 4 out, challenged on bit before last, every chance run-in, kept on, held by winner, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Arisea (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Ockey de Neulliac (FR) 7-1 (11-2) Held up behind, in touch 6th, challenged on long run between last 2, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 43l behind Fentara (11-2) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.