Thoresby won off today's mark at this time last year and Drussell made the frame in a seller at Market Rasen last time. But Thornton Alice makes more appeal than both on her second on fast ground at Newbury in August. It was soft going when Westerly Breeze found only one too good at Chepstow last month, but SHOULD I STAY finished runner-up to Horatio Hornblower at Newbury last month in similar underfoot conditions to this. Gary Moore's charge is dropping down in class and gets the vote.
Should I Stay (FR) 20-1 (10-11) Prominent, mistake 6th, one pace from 3 out, left 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 12l behind Horatio Hornblower (11-11) at Newbury 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (0-120) (4) gd in Mar.
Thoresby (IRE) 4-1fav (11-8) Held up, ridden 3 out, soon no impression, 5th of 9, 10l behind Rule Of Thumb (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.
Westerly Breeze (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Prominent, lost place after 9th, well beaten when hampered 3 out, 8th of 12, 42l behind Pertinent (11-3) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Thornton Alice 10-1 (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway before 8th, hampered 3 out, no impression from next, weakened before last, 5th of 11, 21l behind Sinbad The Sailor (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Rattleandrun (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, went 4th 2 out, plugged on but never any chance with leading duo, 4th of 13, 26l behind Garde La Victoire (11-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Drussell (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) In rear, headway 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, challenged last, ridden and no impression flat, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Dalmo (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Balinderry (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 13, 10l behind Catching On (11-6) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.