A competitive handicap and any number have chances, including a host of performers very much at home around this tight track. Pintura, Grissom, Kyllachy Star and Louis The Pious finished first, second, fourth and sixth here in a similar contest at the Chester Cup meeting and it's hard to split them now, although it would not surprise to see the latter pair get much closer on this ground and on revised terms. Viva Ronaldo has landed three of his five career wins here and was most impressive at the Cup meeting. He must go well from the number two stall but ETON FOREVER is taken to outclass the plethora of course specialists if handling his first visit to the track. Fifth in the Lincoln, he has competed strongly in top-class handicap company over the past year and isn't at all badly treated despite conceding weight all round.
Eton Forever (IRE) 11-2fav (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 5th of 22, 3 1/2l behind Brae Hill (9-1) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar.
High Standing (USA) 16-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, running on inside final furlong when not clear run and soon eased, 7th of 10, 7l behind Mayson (9-5) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Apr.
The Rectifier (USA) 14-1 (8-11) last of 14, 34l behind Barbecue Eddie (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Mar.
Xilerator (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Justonefortheroad (9-0) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) sft in Apr.
Mabait 33-1 (8-7) Dwelt, raced centre, held up, never a factor, 18th of 24, 14l behind Global Village (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft.
Pintura 9-2 (9-5) Prominent, ridden to lead when hung left entering final furlong, ran on, won at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) sft beating Grissom (9-3) by shd, 9 ran.
Louis The Pious 8-1 (9-7) Raced wide close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Pintura (9-5) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Grissom (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway when short of room entering final furlong, rasn on, just failed, 2nd of 9, shd behind Pintura (9-5) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Kyllachy Star 4-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 2l behind Pintura (9-5) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Viva Ronaldo (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) In touch, headway over 2f out, soon chased leader, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Chester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Spa's Dancer (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Imperial Djay (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on, went 2nd post, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Oriental Scot (9-0) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Hot Rod Mamma (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Always in rear, 13th of 16, 20l behind Farhh (9-2) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gs.