Conquisto has run well here in the past and looked to be on the way back at Perth last month when well ahead of Shadows Lengthen. Grandads Horse is a course and distance winner but needs to bounce back from a poor run at Newbury behind the useful mare Pepite Rose while Cedre Bleu is becoming increasingly frustrating as he rarely finds much when push comes to shove. Kings Grey has more to do than when winning at Southwell and Lancetto is high enough in the weights while Anquetta has been on the downgrade for a while. FOREST WALKER was just outbattled by Streams Of Whiskey at Haydock but the slight drop in trip will suit and he can defy a 6lb higher mark to return to winning ways in this.
Pepite Rose (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Prominent, not fluent 8th, led 3 out, ridden and headed before last, no impression on winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Sandown 2m chs G1 (1) gs in Apr.
Conquisto 20-1 (11-12) Led until after 3 out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 12, 7l behind Majala (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Lancetto (FR) 50-1 (11-7) Held up in touch in last trio, not fluent 8th, went 4th from 3 out, one pace, never on terms, 4th of 6, 7l behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Sandown 2m chs G1 (1) gs in Apr.
Cedre Bleu (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, in touch 5th, ridden and outpaced last, weakened flat, 10th of 30, 27l behind Ma Filleule (11-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Kings Grey (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Held up last, headway 4 out, chased leading pair after 4 out, closed approaching next, ridden after 2 out, went 2nd before last, stayed on gamely under pressure to lead post, won at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Apr beating Sonofagun (10-6) by shd, 6 ran.
Grandads Horse 7-1 (11-2) Sometimes jumped right, led, hit 5th and 10th, headed 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Pepite Rose (11-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Mar.
Anquetta (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Held up in touch on outside, hit 1st, lost place after 4 out, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Parsnip Pete (10-10) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 16 ran.
Shadows Lengthen 14-1 (10-5) Not fluent 2nd, always in rear, last of 12, 29l behind Majala (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Forest Walker (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) In touch, not fluent and dropped to mid-division 6th, ridden and headway 3 out, effort on inside last, stayed on to lead narrowly flat, headed and no extra near final strides, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Streams Of Whiskey (10-10) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.