Billfromthebar is yet another McCain recruit from the point-to-point circuit. He will know his job and will probably take all the beating but it's difficult to ignore the record of Stuart Crawford's bumper horses here so THE VILLAGE gets the nod. By Laahib out of a Slip Anchor mare, the newcomer shouldn't be short of speed and the yard won this last year. Robbers Roost and Rene Le Roi have the benefit of previous experience and look best of the rest.
Aw Ripe China (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always behind, weakened 8f out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Imjoeking (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Oct.
Billfromthebar (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Ww, gd prog final cct, nrst at fin, sow, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Leanna Ban (12-0) at Bennettsbridge 3m ire ptp in Feb.
Lordenshaws (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Pu 2, in a race won by Jimmy The Jetplane (11-7) at Morpeth 3m ptp gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Mister Jones Val Royal gelding out of Madame Jones.
Robbers Roost (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Prominent, pushed along 5f out, stayed on one pace final 3f, no impression, 5th of 10, 11l behind Sergeant Thunder (10-12) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Timeforarun (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, well behind Zermatt (10-12) at Hexham 2m nhf (6) gd in Apr.
Just Once Up Dutch Art gelding out of Mac Rhapsody.
Park House Tillerman gelding out of Rasin Luck.
Rene Le Roi (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway and 5th over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 15, 6l behind Zermatt (10-12) at Hexham 2m nhf (6) gd in Apr.
The Village (IRE) Lahib gelding out of Melisande.
Timber King Desideratum gelding out of Chanteuse.
Rubber Bullet Tikkanen mare out of Indiarubber.