A hugely competitive handicap in which most of the 17 declared runners have some sort of chance. Habitual front-runner Shoreacres will ensure it's run at a good gallop and that will suit RED NOT BLUE, who finished ahead of Native Gallery and First Fandango when staying on late behind Pateese at Cheltenham. The better ground here will help and he's taken to see off a number of in-form rivals including Themilanhorse, who is bidding for a five-timer under regular partner Harry Derham. The Jigsaw Man is starting to look well handicapped and Tornado Bob and Torphichen shouldn't be far away again while Clerk's Choice has a touch of class. The Scottish Champion Hurdle third has never won over this trip, however, and Dartford Warbler and Red Skipper would need career-best efforts to follow up recent wins in this.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Towards rear, headway after 3 out, ridden before last, kept on run-in, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Raya Star (11-6) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Sentry Duty (FR) 18-1 (11-5) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, lost place next, behind when blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Dynaste (10-13) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Nov, 20 ran.
Tornado Bob (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, mistake 5th, challenged after 9th, ridden on long run between last 2, kept on same pace, 3rd and held flat, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Cucumber Run (10-13) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gd in Apr.
Torphichen 4-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 8th to chase leaders, chance 2 out, no extra before last, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind The Knoxs (11-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
First Fandango 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders early, mid-division, outpaced after 2 out, 6th last, stayed on well flat, going on close home, 4th of 10, 5l behind Pateese (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Shoreacres (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) With leaders, lost place 3 out, weakened next, 20th of 28, 44l behind Son Of Flicka (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Now This Is It (IRE) 2-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 2 out, strongly pressed last, narrowly headed run-in, kept on well, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Silk Hall (10-13) at Galway 2m 4f hdl gd in Aug.
Higgy's Ragazzo (FR) 22-1 (11-4) Ran in snatches, chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 7th of 11, 28l behind Sire De Grugy (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Themilanhorse (IRE) 1-2fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd briefly 4 out, chased leaders, led and stumbled 2 out, soon driven, narrowly headed last, stayed on to lead again final 100 yards, won at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Madam Noso (10-8) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Native Gallery (IRE) 4-1fav (11-4) Tracked leader until 2nd, stayed handy, not fluent 3 out, every chance last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Pateese (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
The Jigsaw Man (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened soon after 4 out, 7th of 13, 18l behind Enfant De Lune (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up on outside, headway 5th, carried right when close up 2 out, outpaced approaching last, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Pateese (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Art Professor (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led 3rd until 3 out, chased leaders until weakened before next, 7th of 17, 18l behind Gibb River (11-7) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.
Stopped Out 16-1 (11-12) Led, headed after 1st, led again 5th, headed 2 out, soon ridden, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 8, 6l behind Humbie (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Dartford Warbler (IRE) 7-4fav (11-9) Chased leaders, led before 4 out, clear before last, stayed on well, eased towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Apr beating Oscar Stanley (10-13) by 4l, 10 ran.
Red Skipper (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, stayed on, ridden out, won at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr beating Reste Gosse (11-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Park Lane 2-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, ridden after 9th, outpaced when hit 4 out, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Callisto Moon (11-12) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.