ZAYNAR has to win this in order to justify any pretentions of becoming a force in the division. Barry Geraghty's job will be to get the grey settled as he is a notoriously highly strung individual who can tend to squander his chances through racing too keenly. That said, there is little doubting his quality and he is with the right trainer to progress further. Lough Derg has been disappointing this term but this place has brought out the best in him before so it would be folly to write him off just yet. Karabak had the privilege of chasing home Big Buck's on a couple of occasions. He probably needs slightly further than this but has chances of picking up the race if the favourite fluffs his lines. Restless Harry would come into the equation if it rains heavily while Black Jack Blues and Silviniaco Conti are improving novices that are worthy of their places in this event.
Ashkazar (FR) 9-1 (11-8) Well in rear off strong pace, still plenty to do 3 out, headway before next, chased leaders 2 out, stayed on same pace from last, 4th of 10, 9l behind Nearby (10-5) at Wincanton 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd.
Zaynar (FR) 11-8fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along approaching 4 out, ridden approaching next, hampered 2 out, kept on to take 3rd near finish, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Khyber Kim (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Restless Harry 6-1 (11-9) Slowly away, held up in rear, headway after 5 out to chase leaders, went 3rd approaching 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 13, 12l behind Any Given Day (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Oct.
Silviniaco Conti (FR) 7-2 (11-7) Held up in touch in 4th, went 2nd approaching 4 out, led approaching 3 out, clear after 2 out, won at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Oct beating Captain Chris (11-7) by 10l, 8 ran.
Won In The Dark (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders racing keenly, 3rd halfway, no extra after 3 out, 10th of 11, 32l behind Hurricane Fly (11-12) at Punchestown 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Black Jack Blues (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Chased leader, led 2nd and set strong pace, driven after 3 out, headed before next, weakened soon after, 8th of 10, 35l behind Nearby (10-5) at Wincanton 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd.
Karabak (FR) 4-1 (11-10) Chased leaders in 3rd, 2nd 5 out, improved to lead after 4 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra, 8th of 13, 11l behind Quevega (11-5) at Punchestown 3m hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Lough Derg (FR) 16-1 (11-11) Led to 5th, strong reminders to lead again after next, headed before 3 out, soon lost place and weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Working Title (11-3) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd.