This is tricky as none of these have a recent run to their name and caution is advised. However, this looks a good starting point for AIKMAN from the upwardly mobile Ewart yard, following a pleasing campaign last term when including the Sidney Banks Hurdle at Huntingdon from Minella Class amongst his successes. Not disgraced at the top level at Cheltenham and Aintree, he should progress this season whatever his fate here. Arctic Court plied his trade in competitive handicaps last term and his sole run of the current campaign was back in May when a fine second to Liberate in a well-contested Haydock affair. He looks progressive as does the sole four-year-old, The Starboard Bow, who was far from disgraced in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen.
Aikman (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Led, headed approaching 10th, no impression and well held before 3 out, 6th of 19, 22l behind Saint Are (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr.
Arctic Court (IRE) 13-2fav (10-4) Led until 4th, remained prominent, led again approaching 2 out, headed before last, no extra, 2nd of 17, 5l behind Liberate (10-9) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Vosges (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Led until after 1st, remained prominent, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Bold Sir Brian (11-1) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Mar.
Eighteen Carat (IRE) 15-8 (11-6) Led, headed before 6th, ridden before 4 out, weakened soon after, 4th of 10, well behind Lovey Dovey (10-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Milano Supremo (IRE) 6-1fav (10-10) Held up in rear, 7th and ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 12, well behind Pollen Jock (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 5f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf in Jul.
The Starboard Bow 100-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, some headway approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on flat, no impression, 10th of 23, 16l behind What A Charm (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
African Flora (IRE) 6-5 (11-7) Held up; hdwy 10; wknd 14; to, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Ordelia (11-7) at Garthorpe 3m ptp gd in Apr.