Sureness has the scope to improve further after winning at Uttoxeter. But she'll need to having been raised 11lb and upped in class. ITTIRAD is just preferred as he went close at Fontwell and again at Uttoxeter last time and Jack Quinlan's allowance could make the difference today. Bathwick Man just missed out over course and distance last year and should go well on his return but Speed Steed has the more recent form with a placed effort at Ffos Las and makes more appeal.
Ittirad (USA) 4-6fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, outpaced before last, kept on to regain 2nd run-in, one pace, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Oliver's Gold (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Flanagans Field (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Waited with in 5th, closer order 4 out, no impression when mistake 2 out, no extra after, 5th of 6, 48l behind Band Of Blood (11-7) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl hvy in Oct.
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Held up in last, pushed along briefly after 3rd, ridden after 5th, soon weakened, hanging left from 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, 37l behind Lac Sacre (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Vinnie The Fish (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Took keen hold, tracked winner until after 7th, weakened from next, pulled up after, in a race won by Any Given Day (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May, 10 ran.
Bathwick Man 3-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway on outside approaching 5th, outpaced and pushed along after 7th, progress and ridden in 4th before 3 out, soon no impression, mistake last, 5th of 7, 23l behind Staigue Fort (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Oct.
Speed Steed (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, challenged 4 out, led 3 out, headed 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Gracchus (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jun.
Sureness (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Always prominent, led before last, clear flat, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun beating Noble Friend (11-12) by 5l, 12 ran.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, under pressure 4 out, never on terms, last of 5, 9l behind Lac Sacre (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in May.
Marju's Quest (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Held up in touuch, headway when mistake 2 out, no impression on leaders soon after, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Uriah Heep (11-9) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, took keen hold, mistake 4th, no impression after 3 out, 5th of 10, 23l behind Uriah Heep (11-9) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.