Barizan won this last year for Evan Williams but he's now with Donald McCain, who also runs the returning Life And Soul. Williams is represented by Ballyglasheen but, like fellow four-year-old Town Mouse, he appears to have a bit to find. Vibrato Valtat hasn't been raised for his win at Ayr and looks to have a big chance but the handicapper may have underestimated DUBAWI ISLAND after three victories in minor company. His Plumpton win in January has worked out quite well and he'll feel like he's been let loose after lumping penalties to success. As I Am is very tough and can't be ignored either but could face a battle for the lead with Perth scorer Titus Bolt. Swing Bowler has been competing in very good company and will be helped by Mikey Ennis' 7lb claim so is preferred to Changing The Guard of the others.
Montbazon (FR) 7-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, ridden and weakened before last, 7th of 11, 16l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-11) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Swing Bowler 33-1 (9-11) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden and no extra run-in, 4th of 11, 7l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-11) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Apr.
As I Am (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Made all, clear after 2nd until before 3 out, ridden approaching last, stayed on well, very game, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares listed nov hdl (1) gd in Apr beating Emily Gray (10-12) by 3l, 9 ran.
Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, led 4 out, headed before last, weakened run-in, 5th of 11, 11l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-11) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Coffee (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Mid-division, ridden 4 out, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Daneking (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl in Apr, 17 ran.
Changing The Guard 5-2 (11-1) Made all, not fluent 3 out, clear when mistake 2 out, kept on, won at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Apr beating Sonofagun (9-9) by 4l, 6 ran.
Barizan (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Led, soon clear until 4th, headed 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, 26l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-11) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Life And Soul (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Chased clear leader, closed 4 out, led before hit 3 out, soon clear, reduced lead and ridden before 2 out, joined 2 out, headed between last 2, kept on same pace and no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Sea Lord (11-8) at Kempton 2m Listed nov hdl (1) gs in Oct.
Loyaute (FR) 33-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway 5th, tracking leaders before 2 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 19, 6l behind Polly Peachum (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Vibrato Valtat (FR) 5-2 (11-10) Held up in 4th, closed before 2 out, left close 2nd just after last, left in lead when nearest rival hampered soon after, ran on well, won at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Apr beating Sign Of A Victory (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Ballyglasheen (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, jumped slowly 3rd, ridden after 5th, not fluent 3 out, some headway before 2 out, no impression, ran on flat, 6th of 13, 5l behind Dispour (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Dubawi Island (FR) 6-4fav (11-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd on bit well before 4 out, led 4 out, in command when hit last, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr beating May Be Some Time (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Songsmith 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, chased leaders when hit 3 out, ridden and stayed on to press for 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 4th of 16, 6l behind Carlton Jack (10-11) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, closed 6th, not fluent 3 out, led next, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Apr beating One For Harry (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Town Mouse 8-1 (10-13) Towards rear, ridden 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 7, 12l behind Gifted Leader (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Skint 5-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, not fluent 3 out, went 2nd soon after 2 out, ridden and no impression run-in, lost 2nd final 150 yards, kept on, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Oliver's Gold (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.