BALLY RONE has his first run under Rules away from Ffos Las but he brings the best form into the race and, with Patrick Corbett taking off 7lb again, looks the one to beat unless affected by travel sickness. Life And Soul profited from the departure of the odds-on Fair Trade at Wetherby but may have won anyway. He won't go down without a fight while Cool Macavity will have learned plenty from his debut victory at Southwell. The slower conditions probably aren't in his favour, however. Sky Khan shouldn't be ignored getting plenty of weights from his seniors as he's shown his best form with some give in the ground and got taken off his feet at Ascot last time.
Bally Rone (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway to lead before and mistake 3 out, ridden and headed before last, one pace and no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Whisky Yankee (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Cool Macavity (IRE) 4-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, led 2 out, clear when edged right last, easily, won at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Midlothian (10-12) by 8l, 4 ran.
Life And Soul (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Made all, went well clear after 3rd until after 6th, about 1 1/2 lengths ahead when left clear 3 out, unchallenged, won at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Sea Lord (10-12) by 12l, 13 ran.
Mr Burbidge 100-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, jumped left, bumped rival and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Seventh Sign (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
Sky Khan 11-2 (11-7) Towards rear, headway under pressure on outside before 2 out, driven after 2 out, weakened soon after, 9th of 16, 13l behind Calculated Risk (11-12) at Ascot 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo) (3) gd in Apr.