A tight-looking handicap in which TEN POLE TUDOR is a very tentative selection. Michael Scudamore's gelding has only had six starts over hurdles and races off the same mark as when a close-up third at Towcester last month. Parazar could be interesting if fully wound-up following a lay-off but it may be worth opposing Lajidaal, who had shown very little before winning a weak contest over C&D earlier this month and carries a 7lb penalty for his troubles. Optimistic Duke may prove the pick of the four-year-olds and Border Station appears to have improved a little lately, though probably has his fair share of weight.
Cardinal James (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) In rear, some headeway 3 out, never near leaders, 7th of 16, 25l behind Full Of Joy (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Nov.
Before The War (USA) 13-2 (10-13) Towards rear, headway before 9th, outpaced 3 out, plugged on from 2 out, 4th of 11, 21l behind Whereveryougoigo (11-4) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Border Station (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, close up, hit 2nd and 3rd, tracked leading pair 4th, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching 2 out, went right after last, edged right flat, no extra and headed final 110 yards, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Jaya Bella (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH mdn hdl (4) gf in May.
Optimistic Duke (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden 3rd, weakened over 5f out, 6th of 10, 47l behind Kasbadali (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Ten Pole Tudor 14-1 (11-4) Held up in touch in 5th, headway to 3rd before 3 out, driven and staying on same pace when switched right approaching last, one pace flat, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Meridiem (10-11) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Mojeerr 50-1 (10-12) Behind, outpaced after 4 out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 26l behind Cotillion (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Alwaysonthemove 3-1 (11-1) Close up in rear, pushed along 9th, ridden and outpaced soon after 3 out, last of 4, 14l behind Prince Pippin (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Apr.
Tiger Breeze (USA) 18-1 (11-5) Held up in last trio, headway 7th, ridden in 4th after 3 out, no impression, 4th of 10, 21l behind Decision (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Parazar (FR) 5-1fav (10-3) Chased leading trio, mistake and weakened 7th, soon in rear, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Uffa Fox (10-4) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Oct.
Lajidaal (USA) 11-2 (11-6) Slight lead, headed approaching 3rd, chased leader, led again after 3 out, driven clear before next, went right last, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf beating Hawk Gold (10-10) by 12l, 7 ran.
Island News 11-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Font (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Kaycee (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Always in rear, 6th of 7, 40l behind E Street Boy (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Mar.