Paul Nicholls has trained two of the last four winners and relies on last month's Chepstow runner-up Southfield Vic this year. The Irish have also done well in recent years and are represented by the hat-trick seeking It's All An Act, Punchestown winner Neck Or Nothing and Upsanddowns. Carningli defied a penalty to win over course and distance last month and is clearly useful while Champagne At Tara had the proverbial ton in hand when beating a subsequent winner at Newton Abbot and looks a nice prospect. RED SHERLOCK won both starts last season, despite still showing signs of inexperience. The Skyfarmer and Captain Cutter, second and third behind the Pipe gelding at Ascot in February, have both been impressive winners over hurdles this year and a hat-trick beckons for Timmy Murphy's mount. Wadswick Court may be the pick of Charlie Longsdon's two runners.
Arthur Mc Bride (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Towards headway over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Tea For Two (10-5) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Carningli (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Led 2f, prominent, led again 5f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, clear final 100 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct beating Chase The Wind (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 18 ran.
Champagne At Tara 11-4fav (11-3) Chased leader, led over 5f out, clear over 2f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct beating Assam Black (11-3) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Cogry 11-4 (10-11) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and pressed over 1f out, stayed on to assert inside final furlong, won at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Oct beating Masquerade (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Count Danilo (IRE) Zagreb gelding out of Miss Bobby Bennett.
Foolsandorses (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of All Honey.
Gunner Fifteen (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Made all, b mstk 1st & jumped lft 4out, 1l adv bef 3out & 3l adv gng best bef last, row, impressive, won at Inch 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Pepper Canister (12-0) by 3l, 11 ran.
It's All An Act (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Led, headed before halfway, tracked leaders, led over 1f out, kept on well, driven out, won at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gs in Sep beating Owen Na View (11-2) by 2l, 12 ran.
Neck Or Nothing (GER) 16-1 (11-3) Settled in mid-division and 5th halfway, went 3rd approaching straight and headway to lead over 1f out, soon asserted and kept on well final furlong, won at Punchestown 2m N H flat gd in Oct beating Flaming Dawn (11-7) by 3l, 13 ran.
Our Kaempfer (IRE) 4-11fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, nudged clear from over 1f out, jinked right towards paddock exit inside final furlong, easily, won at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct beating My Boy George (10-11) by 7l, 5 ran.
Pink Gin 14-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, raced wide of pack, weakened halfway, soon tailed off, last of 8, 43l behind Orchard Road (11-2) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
Red Sherlock 4-6fav (10-11) Pulled hard towards rear, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, flashed tail under pressure from over 1f out, stayed on gamely to lead close home, won at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) sft in Feb beating The Skyfarmer (11-2) by hd, 8 ran.
Southfield Vic (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Soon tracking leaders, ridden and wide on bend 5f out, switched left over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Take A Bow (11-1) at Chepstow 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Storm Of Swords (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Soon led, sent on from 2f out, stayed on well from over 1f out, won at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat gs in Apr beating Sonny B (11-7) by 6l, 22 ran.
Upsanddowns (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Soon raced in moderate 2nd, closed and led under 5f out, joined from under 4f out, ridden before straight, headed 1f out, soon no impression, dropped to 3rd near finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Wicklow Brave (11-13) at Tipperary 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Wadswick Court (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, not much room and switched left 2f out, went and switched right over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct beating Purple Bay (11-7) by 1l, 10 ran.