ALWAYS BOLD is the form pick to win again, while both Blazing Desert and Thedeboftheyear are worthy of respect. The selection had been knocking on the door before he finally got his head in front at Wetherby last month, which was a much deserved win as he had looked a shade unlucky in his previous outings. He still looks like he is improving so, if reproducing his recent form, he has every chance of defying his penalty. Blazing Desert won well at Fontwell on his penultimate run in March but disappointed on a soft surface at Bangor thereafter. Whether or not the ground was an excuse that day he does deserve another chance and any support in the market should be noted now he is running on better ground. Thedeboftheyear won well when stepped up in trip at Exeter last time out. She can pull hard in her races but she has proved she stays so has to be added to the short list. Trainer Donald McCain has his team of horses in fine form at present and Always Bold is given the vote to add to his winning tally.
Blazing Desert 11-2 (11-12) In touch, reminders after 4th, weakened approaching 7th, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Bret Maverick (10-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in May, 10 ran.
Always Bold (IRE) 10-11fav (10-7) Tracked leader, led approaching 3 out, very easily, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May beating Tiger O'toole (10-7) by 27l, 4 ran.
Captain Crackers (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Chased leaders on inside, weakened 9th, 6th of 13, 47l behind Baddam (10-13) at Worcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Daison 100-1 (10-11) Pulled early and chased leader, hit 3rd, ridden and weakened 8th, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Cast Cada (11-4) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb, 5 ran.
Heathfield Flyer 15-2 (11-9) Very slowly start, blundered badly 2nd, headway 9th, fell next, in a race won by Accordion Roilelet (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 5f hts chs (6) gd in May, 12 ran.
Sean Purcell (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, weakened 5f out, 18th of 23, 46l behind Our Musician (11-7) at Cork 2m 2f N H flat gd in Mar.
Seatallan Swift 80-1 (11-0) Towards rear, struggled approaching 4 out,, 7th of 10, well behind Shut The Bar (10-10) at Bangor 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) gs in May.
Thedeboftheyear 14-1 (10-5) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, led after 3 out, stayed on well from 2 out, ridden out, won at Exeter 2m 7f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Vodka Brook (11-8) by 7l, 9 ran.
Montevetro 200-1 (10-9) Towards rear, reminders after 4th, losing touch when mistake 7th, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Bulwark (10-9) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Leader Blue (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, hampered 2nd, outpaced after 7th, no danger after, blundered and went moderate 4th last, 4th of 13, 16l behind Erzen (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Capital City (IRE) 66-1 (10-3) Always in rear, 13th of 18, well behind Red Lancer (10-11) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in May.