Course specialist Epsom Salts teamed up with Serena Brotherton to win last year's renewal. He's been below par so far this season but it would be no surprise if he bounced back in this. However, TAPIS LIBRE arrives in much better form having landed a couple of these events already this season. With Joanna Mason's claim negating a 5lb rise for his latest win at Pontefract, he gets the vote to go in again. Sky Khan won at Leicester the last time he raced on the Flat and is fit from hurdling while No Such Number makes most appeal of the remainder.
Sky Khan 5-1 (9-3) Held up, headway to chase leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Solfilia (9-4) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Tapis Libre 13-2 (10-3) Chased leader until over 2f out, remained handy, rallied on inside over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating El Bravo (9-6) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Epic Storm (IRE) 13-8fav (9-10) Tracked leaders on outer, reminders over 3f out, ridden 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Broxbourne (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
No Such Number 11-2 (9-4) Held up, ridden over 3f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 6l behind Break Rank (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Epsom Salts 14-1 (9-7) Pulled hard in rear, weakened over 3f out, last of 9, 28l behind Standpoint (10-0) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Jakeys Girl 40-1 (9-12) Chased leaders until ridden and lost place over 3f out, last of 10, 21l behind El Bravo (10-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol in May.