Joe Eile has his sights lowered and a visor could help him recapture former glories. He's easily the pick of the weights but may be on a downward spiral. Cape Of Hope was only beaten a neck at Wolverhampton last month but LLEWELLYN looks to have a decent chance of going one better than last year as he's now rated 5lb higher. David Nicholls also runs the veteran Tajneed and he usually runs well in this grade but course and distance winners Solar Spirit and Viking Warrior have a bit to find on these terms.
Cape of Hope (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge winner from over 1f out, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Bogsnog (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Joe Eile (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 18, 17l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Sunraider (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 7th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Barkston Ash (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Solar Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Took keen hold chasing leaders, lost place soon after halfway, never dangerous after, 8th of 9, 11l behind Evanescent (9-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Llewellyn 3-1fav (9-5) Dwelt soon prominent on outer, led over 2f out, soon headed, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 9l behind Silly Billy (9-0) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Alice's Dancer (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Keen, soon led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 5, 9l behind Tee It Up Tommo (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Roc Fort 100-1 (9-1) In rear, behind from over 4f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Sherman McCoy (9-1) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) hvy in Oct.
Tajneed (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 9l behind Just The Tonic (8-9) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Oct.
Viking Warrior (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, switched inside and effort 2f out, soon ridden and hung left, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Heidi's Delight (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Jan.
Elle West 100-1 (9-0) Close up, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 39l behind End of Line (9-5) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.