The usual bumper suggestions apply to this big-field contest, with stable power a plus, pedigree, racecourse form and the market the routes to success and we take ROYAL MILE to win it, while Bobs Worth and Prince Of Pirates are others to have a good look at. The selection is marginally preferred on account of potential improvement for his debut run, which saw him make the frame at Ffos Las on soft ground last month, and he can come on for that to go one better this time. Bobs Worth is the pick of the Henderson pair on jockey bookings and is related to Irish point, Flat and hurdle winners, with the likelihood that trips beyond today's will elicit plenty more from him. Nonetheless he is sure to be straight for today and looks a leading player. Stablemate Prince Of Pirates is from a National Hunt family that includes a winner over staying trips and on soft ground. He too will probably be able to show up well on this debut. Captain Chris cost £250,000 as a three-year-old and his dam was very good over fences from two miles to three. He will probably handle cut and is a very interesting runner that is well worth a market check. Lanhydrock is another well-bred newcomer from a yard that does well in this sphere, and he is also worth a look in the betting, but preference is just for Royal Mile.
Bobs Worth (IRE) Bob Back gelding out of Fashionista.
Captain Chris (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Function Dream.
Citrus Mark 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, not much room on rail on bend 5f out, pushed along 4f out, soon struggling, 10th of 11, 48l behind Oscar Whisky (11-7) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) sft in Nov.
Don't Tell Nina (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Orchard Lass.
Duffy Moon Presenting gelding out of Dawn Spinner.
Flora King Alflora gelding out of Made For A King.
Grey Missile Terimon gelding out of Bonne Anniversaire.
Inspector Qics 20-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, pressed leader until 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 20l behind Brackloon High (11-9) at Southwell 2m NH flat (4) std in Jan.
Lanhydrock Slip Anchor gelding out of Absalom's Lady.
Mister Concussion 50-1 (10-13) Led until headed over 4f out, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Mizzurka (10-6) at Newbury 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Mudita Moment (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Alw handy, 3rd/4th throughout, mstk in 3rd 5out, went 2nd next, no impress & lst tch with wnr from 2out, wknd, 4th of 11, 28l behind Badger Foot (11-7) at Lemonfield 2m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Nether Stream (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 12, 20l behind Kaladan (11-9) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in May.
Prince Of Pirates (IRE) Milan gelding out of Call Kate.
Royal Mile (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 3f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Made In Time (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Tehente Son 12-1 (10-7) Chased leaders until weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 10l behind Dingat (11-2) at Ffos Las 1m 6f nhf (6) sft in Nov.
Milton Abbey Josr Algarhoud mare out of Batsford.
Idol Deputy (FR) Silver Deputy gelding out of Runaway Venus.
Smart Freddy 20-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 3f, remained prominent, pushed along over 4f out, soon beaten, 12th of 14, 42l behind Tetlami (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f 3yo nhf (6) gd in Oct.