Declan Carroll's horses are in good form and Boucher Garcon should make a bold bid to carry his big weight to victory though a low draw tempers enthusiasm as it does with Punching, who completed a double at Southwell last month. Like most of these Danzoe normally plies his trade on the all-weather but he won at Yarmouth last summer from 2lb higher so looks a threat and he's closely matched with Avonvalley on recent running. The Magic Of Rio hasn't won since 2008 and a chance is taken with DUKE OF RAINFORD. He's not much better than a plater but scored at Newcastle last July from just 3lb lower and will be better for a run back there last month.
Boucher Garcon (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and edged left 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Dispol Grand (8-10) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Bilash 14-1 (8-8) Behind, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Maze (9-3) at Bath 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Divertimenti (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Led stand side group and overall leader, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 9l behind Bosun Breese (9-2) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Atlantic Cycle (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 8l behind Black Baccara (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Methaaly (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Mid-division on inside, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 9l behind Captain Dimitrios (9-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Danzoe (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Chased winner, lost 2nd briefly 2f out, chased winner, no impression over 1f out, lost 2nd final 75 yards, joined for 3rd post, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Chjimes (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Griffin Point (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Raced centre, keen held up in touch, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 14l behind Gracie's Games (8-5) at Windsor 6f app hcp (6) sft.
Bertie Southstreet 28-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 14l behind Go Go Green (9-11) at Thirsk 6f sell stks (6) sft.
Two Turtle Doves (IRE) 22-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4l behind Dancing Welcome (9-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Speedyfix 66-1 (9-2) Always behind, never involved, last of 9, 5l behind Proper Charlie (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Punching 9-2 (9-0) Raced centre led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 13l behind Gracie's Games (8-5) at Windsor 6f app hcp (6) sft.
Avonvalley 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaddrs, outpaced and lost place halfway, rallied on inside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, dead heated for 3rd post, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Chjimes (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Itum 9-1 (9-10) Led until over 3f out, remained prominent, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 6l behind Orders From Rome (8-10) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Duke of Rainford 20-1 (8-12) Dwelt, in touch, smooth headway halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 13l behind Shawkantango (9-4) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Apr.
Scommettitrice (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 6l behind Loyal N Trusted (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
The Magic of Rio 11-2 (8-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on and always well held, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Ace Of Spies (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr.