Arizona John battled gamely to score at Beverley but consistency isn't his strong suit and we'll take GENIUS BOY to make amends for a recent short-priced reverse. James Tate's colt had been backed off the boards on debut but he found disappointingly little on his follow-up bid. With a pedigree that suggests he'll stay the trip, we won't give up on him yet. The evergreen Noble Alan has won over track and trip in the past and could be a factor in this contest, but fellow National Hunt winner Fujin Dancer needs to bounce back from a modest run on the level. Flying Power is higher rated on artificial surfaces and switches to Turf in an attempt to take advantage of what could be a lenient mark. Eltheeb has raced against much better opposition than this in the past and Phil Kirby's seven-year-old could still prove to be competitive at this level.
Eltheeb 17-2 (9-11) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, switched left well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 7l behind Chancery (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Noble Alan (GER) 7-4fav (10-0) Pressed leader until led after 2f, headed 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Layline (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Arizona John (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon pressed, ridden and ran on, all out, won at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr beating Sporting Gold (8-13) by hd, 6 ran.
Fujin Dancer (FR) 8-1 (9-0) Close up in rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 4th of 6, 4l behind Arizona John (8-13) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Cloud Monkey (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) In touch on inside, weakened inside final 3f, 14th of 16, 29l behind Memory Cloth (8-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Flying Power 11-4 (9-7) Tracked leader, effort well over 2f out, soon no impression, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Spes Nostra (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Rex Whistler (IRE) 7-4 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 3f out, headway to chase leading pair 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Aalim (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Aramist (IRE) 8-1 (8-2) Close up in rear, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Commissioned (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Oct.
Good Speech (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Discay (9-7) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Chant (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until 7f out, tracked leaders, went 2nd again 5f out, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Genius Boy 5-4fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase clear winner 2f out, stayed on for clear 2nd, but no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Hit The Jackpot (9-4) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Pertuis (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Held up in last pair, steady headway on outside over 3f out, went 4th 3f out, pushed along kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 7, 13l behind Ever Fortune (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp (5) gd in Apr.
Gran Maestro (USA) 11-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4l behind Cavalieri (8-10) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Danehill Flyer (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, soon held up off the pace in 5th, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 26l behind Cavalieri (8-10) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.