Cape York left his debut run over hurdles well behind when beating a previous winner over 2m4f at Carlisle. The extra half-mile shouldn't be a problem but he faces no easy task here under a penalty. Billy Biscuit was second to the useful Sausalito Sunrise at Bangor last month while Shantou Tiger was third at that track before unseating his rider at Wetherby. TSAR ALEXANDRE has produced a couple of solid efforts so far over timber and his yard is in sparkling form. He wouldn't need to improve much on his best form to take this.
Cape York 3-1 (10-13) Always prominent, every chance from 4 out, led 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Voyage A New York (11-6) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Billy Biscuit (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Held up in 5th, not fluent 4th or 6th, closed from 8th, went 2nd after 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Sausalito Sunrise (11-13) at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Blazing Glen (IRE) 100-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear and keen, jumped slow 6 out, soon pushed along, tailed off before 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Call The Cops (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Shantou Tiger (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, ridden before 2 out, upsides winner when unseated rider last, in a race won by Ballythomas (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr, 13 ran.
Tea In Marrakech (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, lost place over 8f out, eased over 3f out, 6th of 7, well behind Thomas Brown (11-10) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Trafficker (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) In rear, reminder after 4th, ridden from next, jumped slowly and behind 6th, tailed off before next, 5th of 6, well behind Sausalito Sunrise (11-13) at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Tsar Alexandre (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Prominent, pushed along after 7th, outpaced before 3 out, hung left and well held by leaders approaching next, 5th of 11, 35l behind My Wigwam Or Yours (11-1) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) gd in Mar.