Pret A Thou makes his seasonal debut here and will do well to confirm last year's running at Uttoxeter with HIGHWAY CODE. The latter re-opposes on better terms today and has a recent third at Aintree under his belt. Richard Lee's hurdler gets the vote in a competitive contest ahead of Spear Thistle, who should also improve for a recent pipe-opener and Warne's Way, who won this last year off a 10lb lower mark and ran well on the Flat last month. Ned Ludd took this back in 2008, while Bally Legend has claims on the best of his form and chaser Cruchain could go well as he reverts to hurdling off a 5lb lower mark.
Spear Thistle 14-1 (11-12) Led until 3rd, chased leaders until stayed on same pace after 3 out, 6th of 12, 13l behind Pateese (11-5) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.
Pret A Thou (FR) 5-1 (11-4) Led, headed approaching 3 out, ridden and left 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Street Entertainer (10-2) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Bally Legend 5-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th until before 4 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd from next, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Gambo (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Warne's Way (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden after 4 out, never on terms, tailed off, 7th of 13, 48l behind Tobago Bay (11-4) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Tobago Bay 8-1 (11-9) Led until 3rd, prominent, ridden and weakened after 8th, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Premier Grand Cru (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Highway Code (USA) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, effort 3 out, ridden and one pace approaching last, no impression with leading pair flat, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Rumble Of Thunder (11-5) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Dhaafer 7-2fav (11-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, headway before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 13, 36l behind Harry Hunt (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Old Way (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division on inside, pushed along and weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Gambo (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Cruchain (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Prominent, mistake 4th, every chance 2 out, no impression on winner from 2 out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Educated Evans (10-11) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct.
Ned Ludd (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Settled in mid-division, headway to chase leaders after 4th, under pressure 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 12, 28l behind Pere Blanc (11-8) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Gaelic Silver (FR) (10-5) 6th of 14, 17l behind Bedaly (10-7) at Enghien(FR) 2m 1f hdl sft in Apr.
Setter's Princess 22-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, left 3rd at 2nd, dropped to 4th next, weakened before last, (normal 2 out), 5th of 10, 19l behind Plenty Pocket (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Rimini (FR) 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 4th, led approaching 3 out, headed after 3 out, chased winner until approaching 2 out, beaten when pushed left soon after 2 out, 5th of 8, 23l behind Grandads Horse (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Oct.