The Bear Trap can be a little quirky but did win on his reappearance last season and looks a better bet than the other JP McManus runner, Touch Back. It's unlikely Merehead will fail through lack of fitness, despite the lengthy absence, while Dawn Twister is usually thereabouts, though is closely handicapped with Doctor Foxtrot on their run together at Doncaster in March - the latter also goes well fresh. KILMURVY made a perfectly respectable comeback at Stratford two weeks ago. This stiffer track is in his favour and he can get back to winning ways as Frizzo has his first run for 18 months.
Touch Back (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Towards rear, outpaced 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 16, 47l behind Magnifique Etoile (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Oct.
Kilmurvy (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, chased leading pair between last 2, kept on same pace, never on terms, 3rd of 16, 15l behind Magnifique Etoile (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Oct.
Frizzo (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, closed 6th, led 3 out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well, won at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr '12 beating Brass Tax (11-0) by 14l, 15 ran.
The Bear Trap (IRE) 2-1 (11-6) Led, headed before 6th, driven approaching 2 out, soon no chance with easy winner, lost 2nd last, no extra flat, 5th of 12, 22l behind Red Courtier (11-0) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Doctor Foxtrot (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, led 2 out, kept on well, driven out, won at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb beating Mister Dillon (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Dawn Twister (GER) 11-2 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden 9th, hit next, ridden and headway 2 out, weakened next, 6th of 9, 20l behind Sixty Something (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Gores Island (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Held up, ridden 7th, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Mrs Peachey (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Merehead (FR) 6-1fav (11-7) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, mistake 7th, chased leaders approaching 2 out, upsides last, led flat, driven out, won at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct '11 beating Psi (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Occasionally Yours (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, 40l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) In rear, lost touch 5th, continued tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Magnifique Etoile (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Oct.