This probably isn't the strongest bumper ever staged and the experience of Bellorophon and Bobbie Boru will stand them in good stead. Carpies Boy and Shantou Tiger have only had one run and are open to improvement while newcomers Canicallyouback and Master Wickham represent yards capable of readying one at home and will have their supporters. BLUE HERON is a half-brother to a bumper winner so we'll take the chance that Dan Skelton's five-year-old will know what's required. The Kayf Tara filly Eastern Calm may be best of the rest.
Bellorophon (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 4f out, went 3rd over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Classic Move (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Blue Heron (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of American Chick.
Canicallyouback Auction House gelding out of Island Colony.
Carpies Boy 25-1 (10-11) Behind, pushed along 10f out, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Capilla (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Oct.
Conquering Spirit Beat All gelding out of Malay.
Master Wickham (IRE) Darsi gelding out of Beechberry.
Rough Fighter (USA) Mizzen Mast gelding out of Louis D'or.
Shantou Tiger (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Mid-division, under pressure over 5f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 35l behind Cloud Brook (10-11) at Bangor 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Bobble Boru (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 17, 22l behind Down Ace (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) sft in Apr.
Eastern Calm Kayf Tara filly out of New Dawn.
Materiana (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Slowly away, always behind, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Kayfleur (10-9) at Warwick 2m mares n h flat (6) gs.