LIFE AND SOUL bids for a hat-trick and looks the one to beat. He followed up his Wetherby success with an even better effort at Aintree last week and Donald McCain's charge can shrug off a 7lb rise. Lone Foot Laddie unseated last time but had scored at Perth before that and looks the biggest danger to the selection ahead of Potomac, who finished runner-up here last month. The remainder have shown no worthwhile form so far but Fling Me has been placed in bumpers and should do better over timber in time.
Life And Soul (IRE) 15-8 (11-4) Led, hit 4th, came towards stands side rail 3 out, headed next, rallied approaching last, ridden and stayed on to regain lead final 100 yards, won at Aintree 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd beating Sky Khan (10-5) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Lone Foot Laddie (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, mistake 3 out, soon beaten, blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Bow Badger (11-3) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd, 7 ran.
Fling Me (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 13, well behind Up For An Oscar (10-9) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Honourable Gent 28-1 (10-12) In rear, effort and weakened 2 out, 8th of 9, well behind Damascus Steel (10-12) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
Mumgos Debut (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, some headway after 7th, no impression, mistake and well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Jumbo John (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Northern Warrior 100-1 (10-7) Pulled hard, mid-division, jumped right 3rd, not fluent 6th, struggling next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jumbo John (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd, 13 ran.
Potomac (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 3 out, beaten next, no extra last, 6th of 12, 17l behind Ivan Boru (11-0) at Kelso 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Turtle Watch 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression over 4f out, tailed off, last of 9, 47l behind Regal Diamond (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gs in Apr.
Amisfield Lad 20-1 (11-1) Always behind, weakened over 5f out, 7th of 9, well behind Ceasar Milan (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Badged 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 20l behind Kingarrick (8-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft (flat).
Amethyst Rose (IRE) 80-1 (10-2) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, not fluent 2nd, some headway 3 out, soon well held, 7th of 13, 23l behind Jumbo John (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.