FAMOUSANDFEARLESS has much the best recent form. He finished third at Uttoxeter on his handicap bow and first start since November and can carry top weight to victory in this. Direct Flo also showed signs of a resurgence on his first start of the year when runner-up over track and trip but the remainder are struggling for form. Moon Melody won a division of this off a lower mark last year and Bollin Line managed a second at Market Rasen last month in between a couple of woeful efforts. A P McCoy is back on board Keen Eye but the latter has shown little so far.
Famousandfearless (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway 7th, challenged 2 out, soon led, hard pressed when blundered badly and headed last, unable to recover and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Jazz Man (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Icy Colt (ARG) 33-1 (10-10) Keen tracked leader 3rd, led next, headed 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Wily Fox (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Nov.
Keen Eye (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 10, 25l behind Kayfrou (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Bollin Line 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, well beaten from 3 out, 6th of 17, 31l behind Jazz Man (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Cute Court (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, well beaten before 3 out, 11th of 17, 48l behind Jazz Man (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Go Amwell 20-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, struggling in poor 7th when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Silent Knight (10-13) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Direct Flo (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, disputed lead 4th (usual 8th), soon led, ridden before 2 out, headed last, kept on, held flat, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind On The Record (11-10) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jun.
Carmela Maria 8-1 (10-0) Prominent, hard driven 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off 3 out, 8th of 9, 40l behind Brae On (10-5) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Safe Investment (USA) 14-1 (11-3) Towards rear, hampered 3rd, struggling 14th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Tayarat (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 13 ran.
Sir Benfro 8-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway 8th, no extra 3 out, 5th of 10, 20l behind Silent Knight (11-10) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Moon Melody (GER) 12-1 (10-4) Prominent, lost place 7th, under pressure when mistake 13th, no chance with leaders before 4 out, contiuned tailed off, left remote 4th before last, 4th of 8, well behind Phoenix Des Mottes (9-9) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.
Spruzzo 13-8fav (10-6) Led until 2nd, led after next, not fluent 5th, headed next, led again 8th, headed before 3 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Daasij (11-7) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov '12.
Sea Cliff (IRE) 28-1 (10-0) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, effort 3 out, soon lost place, 12th of 13, well behind George Fernbeck (11-5) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Diamond Pro (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 7, 30l behind Unknown Legend (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.