Another Kate's half-sister won this race last year but on what we've seen so far this one is very much the ugly duckling, so we'll leave her out and focus instead on GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN and Cap Elorn, with the former preferred. Described as 'a lovely prospect' by trainer Colin Tizzard, our selection did well to take a clear second to Kartanian in a bumper here, form which looks particularly strong. As a half-brother to Boychuk he should be leaving that behind now stepped up in trip and this looks a good place to start. Cap Elorn disappointed in his bumper but he's quickly sent over obstacles and is surely a threat representing a yard who had a fine weekend and operate at a 22% strike-rate here. Mic's Delight looks the pick of the Dartnall-trained pair while Educated Evans is hard to assess after a shock Uttoxeter win but if repeating it would certainly be a factor.
Educated Evans (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Held up, mistake 5th, headway 8th, challenged 9th, led 3 out, clear when not fluent 2 out, stayed on, won at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Murrell (11-0) by 6l, 13 ran.
Bright Decision 80-1 (10-9) Made most until ridden and headed soon after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 12, 28l behind Kauto The Roc (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs.
Cap Elorn (FR) 13-8fav (11-4) Held up in touch, improved over 5f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, no impression on leaders 1f out, 4th of 10, 10l behind Laveroque (10-11) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Easton Clump 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, hit 4th, weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 14, 31l behind Peveril (11-5) at Warwick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Feb.
Golden Chieftain (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, headway to lead 4f out, soon ridden and clear with winner, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Kartanian (11-7) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Goodtimetoby (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-divsion, headway 3 out, weakened 2 out, 12th of 15, 47l behind Court By Surprise (10-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Goodwood Starlight (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, strong headway to chase leaders approaching 4th, led 5th, headed approaching next, soon hung left and weakened, 8th of 10, 40l behind Karasenir (11-6) at Kempton 2m Listed nov hdl (1) gd in Oct.
Grey Wulff (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In touch in mid-division, closed after 7th, not fluent 3 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 11, 20l behind Mr Hudson (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) sft.
Kilcommon Pride (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, lost place 5th, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 13, 32l behind Iolith (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
King of Dubai 40-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, took keen hold, never on terms, 6th of 15, 26l behind Court By Surprise (10-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Man Of Leisure 100-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind Tullyraine (10-12) at Worcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Mic's Delight (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway after 5th, beaten approaching 2 out, 4th of 10, 9l behind Kilcrea Kim (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Otter Mist 13-2 (11-4) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, soon no impression and beaten, 7th of 15, 20l behind Rose Of The Moon (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Oct.
Point West (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Led until 2nd, chased winner until approaching 3 out, where mistake and weakened, soon lost touch, tailed off and eased, 7th of 10, well behind On Trend (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft.
Another Kate (IRE) 22-1 (10-7) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, stayed on same pace from next, never on terms, 5th of 15, 27l behind Arthurian Legend (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Railway Diva (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Mid-division, jumped slowly 2nd, headway 4th, reminders after next, went 2nd approaching 7th until 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 14, 48l behind Alpine Breeze (10-10) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.