BILLY NO NAME was second in a higher-grade race at Wincanton in April and should have the class to land this. The drop in distance is a bit of a worry, as is a recent lay-off, but he gets 14lb from Southwell winner Experimentalist not taking into account Alan Johns' 10lb claim. Golanova and Imperial Stargazer both have ability and are capable of going close in a race of this nature but it's difficult to make a strong case for any of the remainder on what they've shown so far.
Experimentalist 2-13fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, switched left 2 out, driven and pressing leader when left well clear last, won at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Recway Lass (10-5) by 44l, 4 ran.
Billy No Name (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, with leader 6th, led 2 out, ridden and headed last 50 yards, 2nd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Midnight Prayer (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Evergreen Forest (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Always in rear, well behind final 3f, 11th of 12, 17l behind Royal Signaller (9-3) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd (flat).
Golanova 11-8 (10-11) Mostly tracked leader, not fluent 3rd or 5th, lost 2nd after 3 out, one pace 2 out, mistake and no extra last, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Beachfire (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Hightown (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway under pressure before 2 out, soon no impression, 5th of 8, 40l behind Haar (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Imperial Stargazer 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, hit 2 out, every chance on bend before last, one pace soon after, 4th of 13, 18l behind Fighter Jet (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Jumeirah Liberty 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 5th, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Fair Trade (11-5) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Micquus (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Steadied start, held up in last pair, pushed along over 5f out, outpaced 3f out, no chance after, 5th of 6, 16l behind Filatore (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May (flat).
Quernstone (USA) 33-1 (10-11) In last pair, not fluent 1st, behind from 3rd, 5th of 6, well behind Hallings Comet (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Spirit of Xaar (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Prominent, chased winner 5th until before 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 10, 14l behind Sea Lord (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
The Kings Assassin (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Jumped badly right 1st, unseated rider, in a race won by Orthodox Lad (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 7 ran.
Unsist (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, went 3rd before 3 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 7, well behind Orthodox Lad (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
No Ifs No Buts 16-1 (10-5) In rear, blundered 1st, mistake 4th, well beaten after next, 6th of 9, well behind Jonnie Skull (10-9) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Silent Owner 8-1 (10-11) Alw last, mstk 2nd & rddn 9th, to 6out & pu aftr 2out, in a race won by Still Believing (11-7) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gf in Oct, 9 ran.