RIDDLEOFTHESANDS is hard to oppose. An easy winner at Chepstow during the week, it's difficult to see any of today's opposition preventing a follow-up. Ratify has slipped down the weights and will have come on for a recent third at Stratford. He looks the chief danger unless Kauto The Roc rediscovers the form of his second at Huntingdon in April but the remainder are even harder to fancy.
Riddleofthesands (IRE) 15-2 (11-8) Took keen hold, made all, 3 lengths ahead and going strongly when left clear 2 out, eased towards finish, unchallenged, won at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy beating Hector's House (10-0) by 12l, 6 ran.
Kauto The Roc (FR) 50-1 (11-2) Held up in touch in last trio, not fluent 7th, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Connectivity (11-4) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) sft.
Ratify 7-2 (10-10) Led, ridden approaching last, headed soon after, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Whispering Harry (10-4) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Red Rosso 12-1 (10-12) Held up, took keen hold, not always fluent, headway 7th, mistake 9th, weakened before 4 out, 6th of 8, 28l behind Walcot Lathyrus (11-7) at Worcester 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Roseini (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Mistake 3 out, always towards rear, 12th of 16, well behind Carhue Princess (10-8) at Towcester 2m 5f (5) gs.
Irish Guard 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, clear with leader 5th until 10th, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Legendary Hop (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft, 6 ran.