Gemma Tutty partnered Saddlers Mot to victory at Southwell last time and, though she doesn't look an easy ride, the eight-year-old has to go on the short-list here in a race that probably isn't as competitive as the numbers suggest. But we prefer CILLISEAL, who beat subsequent winner Tartan Tiger over C&D on his penultimate outing and didn't appear to enjoy the heavy ground back over fences last time. Vallani hasn't run since February and usually finds at least one too good and Rhyton also reappears following a lay-off. The others need to improve on what they've shown so far.
Rhyton (IRE) 22-1 (11-7) Led, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, tailed off, in a race won by Any Given Moment (10-5) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec, 12 ran.
Schindlers Society (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, last of 6, 22l behind Terminal (11-8) at Down Royal 2m 6f hdl gd.
Cilliseal (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, outpaced 15th, left 3rd after 2 out, soon weakened, demoted to 4th flat, tailed off, 4th of 10, well behind Tipsy Dara (11-2) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Apr.
Vallani (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) In touch in 5th, ridden and struggling in 7th after 4 out, 7th of 11, 22l behind Sam D'oc (9-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.
Almutaham (USA) 40-1 (10-5) Towards rear, reminders 4th, headway before 8th, weakened from 3 out, 12th of 14, well behind Runswick Relax (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Barseventytwo (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden when mistake 5th, behind after 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Constant Contact (11-5) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Apr, 14 ran.
Saddlers Mot 7-1 (10-12) Held up in 5th, trying to close when not much room after 8th, headway next, led 2 out, untidy last, edged right flat, ridden out, won at Southwell 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Homer Run (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Northern Flame (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) won at Mosshouses 3m ptp gs beating Bayora (11-0) by 4l, 9 ran.
Mia Matriarch 14-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden before last, never dangerous, last of 12, 33l behind What A Steel (11-1) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Little Fifi 40-1 (11-5) Always behind, ridden and struggling before 9th, tailed off, 10th of 11, 48l behind Sam D'oc (9-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.
Charming Knight (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, not fluent 3 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on final 75 yards, 7th of 10, 3/4l behind Worth A King's (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
The Boozy Bishop (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Beeves (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Bolt From The Blue 10-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 10th of 16, 26l behind Velvet Vic (10-1) at Newcastle 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
The Banana Man 20-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, mistakes 1st and 2nd, not fluent 4th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Orlittlebylittle (11-8) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
I Witness (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, soon dropped towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind Rival D'estruval (11-12) at Hexham 3m nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Isla Patriot 200-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, outpaced from 8th, headway from 2 out, went poor 4th after last, never on terms, 4th of 8, 21l behind Samstown (10-13) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Harrys Whim 10-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, kept on same pace, well beaten when mistake last, last of 5, 19l behind Oh Right (9-10) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.