No-one could possibly begrudge Lord Luso a first success over hurdles after three seconds in a row. He doesn't look an easy ride, however, and is also trying 3m for the first time. EARCOMESTHEDREAM stays all day, as he showed at Chepstow last month. This track is stiffer than it looks and Peter Pritchard's course and distance winner can defy a 5lb rise. Around A Pound won over 2m5f at Market Rasen last month but is another who may struggle to last home here while King's Sunset was tried over fences last time and his future may lie over the larger obstacles.
King's Sunset (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, mistake 7th, soon lost place, weakened 4 out, modest 4th, 4th of 8, 36l behind Opera Og (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov chs 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Lord Luso (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Led, blundered 6th, ridden and headed before last, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 19, 5l behind Mrs Eff (9-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Around A Pound (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway after 5th, ridden after 3 out, led 2 out, idled flat, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr beating Bunratty (10-0) by 3l, 9 ran.
Earcomesthedream (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, challenged 7th, led before 3 out, in command when slow last, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr beating Barton Gift (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Tackler (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Prominent, led before 2nd until approaching next, lost place 4th, slightly hampered next, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 6th of 12, 23l behind Thinger Licht (10-6) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Mac Steamy (IRE) 10-3 (11-5) Led, mistake 4 out, ridden before 3 out, soon headed and weakened, 5th of 9, 25l behind A Southside Boy (10-0) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Thornton Alice 9-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place before 4th, some headway 3 out, no impression, 6th of 8, 27l behind Orangeaday (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.