Nigel Twiston-Davies has trained the winner of this twice in the last six years so it would be no surprise to see a big run from Church Bray. Nicky Richards runs two, with course and distance winner Winter Alchemy possibly the pick, as does Lisa Harrison while Lucinda Russell has a trio of entries. RYTON RUNNER couldn't handle the step up in grade at Newcastle last time but wasn't disgraced and knows his way around here. He races off the same mark as maiden Jac The Legend so gets the nod.
Milano Magic (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Led to 2nd, chased leaders until lost place and behind from 7th, tailed off 11th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Rocking Blues (11-11) at Kelso 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Jac The Legend 4-1 (11-0) Led until after 3rd, stayed close up, ridden after 3 out, well held by leaders 2 out, 4th of 8, 34l behind Vinstar (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Ryton Runner (IRE) 9-2fav (9-9) Held up in touch, headway before 3 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Wayward Glance (11-4) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Nelson du Ronceray (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Hdwy 11; cl 3rd when pu aft 15, in a race won by Sotovik (11-0) at Dumfriesshire & Stewartry 3m ptp sft in Feb '13, 6 ran.
Amore Mio (GER) 5-1 (11-12) Led until 5th, led next, headed when not fluent 8th, not fluent 9th, led after 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 9, 18l behind Master Murphy (10-8) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Winter Alchemy (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, reminder and lost place after 10th, last next, effort 4 out, well beaten before 3 out, plugged on again flat, 4th of 7, 20l behind Phoenix Des Mottes (9-10) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Solway Sam 6-1 (11-4) Prominent, led 1st until 3rd, ridden after 3 out, soon beaten, weakened well before 2 out, 6th of 13, well behind Jack Albert (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Shooting Times 28-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 6th of 15, 27l behind Blue Kascade (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Church Bray 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Flementime (10-11) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Allforthelove 6-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, weakened before 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Finaghy Ayr (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Mar, 7 ran.
Easement 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, went prominent 3rd, not fluent next, led 5th, headed and reminder 6th, lost place after 3 out, well behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Master Murphy (10-8) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Mar, 9 ran.
Heart O Annandale (IRE) 3-1fav (10-4) Mistakes towards rear, last from 4th, behind 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Baileys Concerto (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar, 10 ran.
Solway Dornal 9-2 (9-9) In touch, closed 10th, ridden and no extra before 2 out, 5th of 10, 24l behind Debt To Society (10-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Knight Woodsman 11-1 (10-13) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders after 4 out, soon no impression, weakened 2 out, 8th of 10, 39l behind Stitched In Time (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
St Gregory (IRE) 11-2 (10-0) Prominent, ridden 4 out, outpaced next, rallied approaching last, driven and stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Brae On (10-7) at Kelso 3m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Patriot (IRE) 66-1 (10-1) Led, headed before 5th, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 12, 33l behind Rayadour (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Pen Gwen (FR) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden after 12th, lost place next, soon behind, pulled up before last, in a race won by Current Exchange (12-3) at Hexham 3m 1f hts chs (6) gs, 9 ran.