Plein Pouvoir finally got his head back in front at Bangor earlier this month but the big step up in distance here is a major concern. Cullahill is a C&D winner, however, and it would be no surprise if he bounced back from a below-par effort at Ffos Las as he's back on a winning mark. Noakarad De Verzee stays well and there are also possibilities about Fort View but Massini Sunset's stamina appeared to give out over C&D last time and the old-timer is high enough in the weights at present. INSIDE DEALER has had a couple of tries now over this sort of trip and been placed on both occasions. He's starting to look well handicapped and can get his head in front today with Stratford winner Amroth Bay the least exposed of the remainder.
Noakarad De Verzee (FR) 8-1 (11-3) With leader, led 2nd, headed 4 out, chased leader, weakened last, 6th of 11, 8l behind Isla Pearl Fisher (11-0) at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Plein Pouvoir (FR) 15-8fav (11-12) Led, ridden 3 out, headed narrowly flat, driven to lead again near finish, gamely, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs beating It's Like That (11-6) by nk, 4 ran.
Basoda 4-1fav (11-5) Mid-division, hampered 1st, mistake 8th, slow next, headway 13th, soon chasing leaders, led just after 2out, ridden clear, won at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct '10 beating Runshan (10-12) by 7l, 9 ran.
Cois Farraig 7-1 (11-3) Led until 3rd, prominent, 5th and ridden along 8th, hit 10th, soon behind, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Riguez Dancer (11-10) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 6 ran.
Inside Dealer (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Held up, not fluent 2nd, went 3rd after 4 out, not able to get on terms, weakened last, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Ashkazar (11-5) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Fort View (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, bumped 3rd, closed 11th, ridden after 14th, weakened from 4 out, last of 5, 19l behind Harouet (11-9) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Massini Sunset (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Chased leader until slow 4th (water), chased leaders until lost place after 10th, rallied to dispute 3rd 15th, driven in 4th after 17th, went 3rd and left modest 2nd 4 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd next, 3rd of 6, 23l behind Rateable Value (10-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy.
Cullahill (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leader until 6th, stayed in 3rd until ridden and lost place 12th, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Rockabilly (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Dennis The Legend 10-1 (10-12) In touch, dropped to rear and not fluent 6th, never able to get on terms after, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Sea Saffron (10-0) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Amroth Bay 11-8fav (11-6) Made all, shaken up after last (usual 2 out), drew clear on long run from last, unchallenged, won at Stratford 2m 7f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Mar beating Royal Mile (10-2) by 44l, 4 ran.