Anteros won at Chepstow last month and, as none of the others with experience have shown much so far, Sophie Leech's Milan gelding must have every chance of following up under a penalty. But we'll take him on with SONOFTHEKING, who was bought by current connections having finished second in a Laurencetown point-to-point in May of last year. Philip Hobbs has given him plenty of time to settle into his new surrounding and that patience can be rewarded here. She's Noble may prove the best of a trio of newcomers.
Anteros (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, challenged over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan beating Internationalapeal (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Burlington Bertie (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 13l behind Anteros (11-5) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Rambridge Copse 100-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inner, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 10th of 15, 43l behind Irish Buccaneer (11-4) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Slaney Star (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, pushed along 12f out, weakened 5f out, 7th of 13, well behind Tradewinds (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs.
Sonoftheking (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Mid div, 6th halfway, prog to 3rd 3out, wknd 2out, kow, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Mullaghanoe River (11-7) at Laurencetown 3m ire ptp gs in May.
Utaly (FR) Shaanmer gelding out of Nataly.
Cannon Fodder Nomadic Way mare out of Grace Dieu.
Highway Joe 100-1 (10-6) Always behind, lost touch halfway, tailed off, 11th of 13, dis behind Tradewinds (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs.
Reign Silver (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Led and disputed, ridden over 2f out, soon headed and weakened, 4th of 6, 15l behind Rule Of Thumb (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
She's Noble Karinga Bay mare out of Alta.
Tigridia (IRE) 150-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden 7f out, weakened 5f out, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Cabaret Girl (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.