Australia Day and Barizan finished practically upsides when filling the places behind Gold Futures in a similar contest here. With that pair hard to separate, JOIN THE CLAN gets the vote. He was well ahead of Barizan when runner-up at Worcester last month and should be bang there at the finish. Enchanted Garden has been upped 10lb for winning a lower grade race over track and trip in May and Rumble Of Thunder makes more appeal on his victory at Aintree in the same month.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden approaching last, lost 2nd flat and held towards finish, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Southfield Theatre (11-0) at Sandown 2m 6f Listed hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Australia Day (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Led and set good pace, headed approaching 2 out, lost 2nd 2 out, rallied last, went 2nd soon after, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Gold Futures (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd.
Barizan (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leader, driven before 2 out, outpaced into 3rd 2 out, rallied into 3rd run-in, kept on pressing for 2nd but no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Gold Futures (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd.
Join The Clan (IRE) 4-1fav (11-0) Mid-division on outside, headway 2 out, wandered approaching last, hung left, under pressure closing stages, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Vulcanite (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf in Jun.
Serienschock (GER) 8-1 (11-4) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f clm hdl sft in Jun beating Fabuleux Farceur (10-10) by 2l, 15 ran.
Rumble Of Thunder (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, challenging when mistake 2 out, edged left flat, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in May beating Henryville (10-10) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Enchanted Garden 3-1fav (11-9) Tracked leader, led before 5 out, clear from last, readily, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May beating Master Of The Hall (10-2) by 10l, 7 ran.
Capellanus (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway on inside well over 2f out, plugged on to modest 3rd approaching final 2f, no impression, 3rd of 13, 9l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-2) at Kempton 2m NH flat (3) std in Feb.
Hawdyerwheesht 11-10fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, no extra flat, 5th of 9, 11l behind Nathans Pride (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Led, driven 2 out, soon ridden, headed between last 2, outpaced in 3rd before last, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Larteta (10-9) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd.