Donald McCain and Lucy Alexander teamed up to win last year's renewal and a double looks on the cards with LIFE AND SOUL. He came up just short over 2m3f at Newton Abbot when attempting to land a four-timer but is fancied to return to the winning trail back over today's shorter trip. Knight In Purple is less consistent but not without a chance on a going day while Sidney Melbourne is another with leading claims having found only one too good on his last couple of starts. Logical Approach won a lesser contest at this track last time and Orthodox Lad makes more appeal
Knight In Purple 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, ridden 3 out, stayed on flat, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Tom Wade (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Life And Soul (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, beaten last, one pace, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Saint Roque (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gf in Jun.
Sidney Melbourne (USA) 7-4fav (11-1) Led, not fluent 1st, headed 3 out, regained lead before 2 out, headed 2 out, ridden and every chance last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Tzora (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Mighty Clarets (IRE) 5-4fav (12-0) Mid-division, headway before 5 out, joined and mistake 4 out, challenged 3 out, ridden before last, one pace run-in, 5th of 12, 4l behind Divine Folly (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Orthodox Lad 9-4 (11-0) Chased leaders, led 3 out, jumped right 2 out, headed last, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Engai (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Logical Approach (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Prominent, 3rd and driven along after last, closed to lead on home bend, ridden clear, stayed on well, won at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in May beating Pete (11-7) by 8l, 10 ran.