Backhomeinderry was runner-up to Sidney Melbourne, who runs in the previous race, here last month and must have some sort of chance in a weak-looking finale. Paupers Presents may do better now going handicapping but Freddy's Star is only a plater and both Red Whisper and Nothing Is Forever lack a recent run. DARK SPIRIT hasn't been running badly and has slipped to a decent mark. In the hope a visor bring about a little improvement, he gets the nod as the four-year-old Golden Acorn has been beaten in sellers and claimers recently.
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, lost place from 3 out, 11th of 15, 38l behind Rocky Elsom (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Backhomeinderry (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Chased clear leader, ridden to challenge after 2 out, soon no impression, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Sidney Melbourne (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Dark Spirit (IRE) 5-2fav (10-9) Led until 1st, prominent, mistake 6th, led approaching 3 out, headed at hurdle, no extra from next, 5th of 7, 9l behind Phase Shift (11-10) at Ludlow 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gd in Apr.
Paupers Present (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Prominent, under pressure approaching 2 out, soon weakened, moderate 4th, 4th of 7, 41l behind Fair Trade (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Freddy's Star (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, dropped to rear when mistake 5th, struggling and no chance after, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Goochypoochyprader (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Apr.
Red Whisper 20-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, mid-division, effort on outside 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 5th and held when hit last, 8th of 15, 7l behind Bracken House (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.
Golden Acorn (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, mistake 1st, went 2nd next, every chance approaching 3 out, no extra from next, 6th of 15, 26l behind Descaro (10-10) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Underlay Underlay 33-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Bach On Tow (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.
Nothing Is Forever (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up, behind 9th, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Giveitachance (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Vacario (GER) 12-1 (10-5) Close up, lost place 7th, 8th of 11, 50l behind Me Fein (10-1) at Fakenham 2m 4f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Picklegend 100-1 (10-11) Led, jumped left throughout, 6 lengths clear before 3rd, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, last of 12, well behind Suerte Al Salto (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Apr.