SMALIB MONTERG won over hurdles last month and ran well on his return to the Flat at Yarmouth last week. He can race off the same mark today and gets the nod ahead of Tram Express. The latter has been placed on the all-weather of late and is only 2lb higher than when scoring at Wolverhampton in December while Royal Sea went close at the same track before a five-length defeat when runner-up at Catterick last time. Man Of Plenty and Bounty Seeker have the past form to get involved but were both tailed off on their latest outings
Man Of Plenty 10-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, badly hampered approaching halfway, not recover and eased, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Palazzo Bianco (9-5) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Bounty Seeker (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 48l behind Ashdown Lad (9-5) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Smalib Monterg (FR) 6-4fav (9-7) Held up, headway over 2f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Dr Finley (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Yeomanoftheguard 7-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders and keen, led over 8f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind A Southside Boy (8-5) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Royal Sea (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Keen towards rear, headway on outer 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd post, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Villa Royale (9-12) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
King's Realm (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Keen in touch, tracked leader 7f out, ridden 4f out, led over 2f out, soon headed, weakened 1f out, last of 7, 15l behind Saggiatore (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct '10.
Tram Express (FR) 8-1 (8-10) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden to press winner over 1f out, soon every chance, no extra and lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Boston Blue (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.
Rowlestone Lad 14-1 (9-5) Dwelt, always detached in rear, last of 9, 25l behind Edgware Road (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.