Donald McCain has sent out the winner of this twice in the last four years and introduces UP AND GO in this year's renewal. A point-to-point winner back in March, he could well be good enough on his debut under Rules. The Road Ahead has shown enough to suggest she can win one of these in time and Cape York showed promise on his first start at Aintree last month when sixth to Broadway Buffalo. Key To The West has a shout on his debut second at Warwick and the newcomer Even If is a half-brother to a bumper winner and worth a second glance.
Bredon Hill Lad 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 7th of 14, 24l behind Three Old Amigos (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in May.
Cape York 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden 5f out, struggling 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 14, 14l behind Broadway Buffalo (11-7) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Dudley Light 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Neston Grace (10-9) at Towcester 1m 5f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Oct.
Even If King's Theatre gelding out of Melody Maid.
Key To The West (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway on inside over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 16th of 17, 34l behind Southfield Theatre (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Up And Go (FR) 6-1 (10-11) Made all, clear entering str, kow run-in, easily, won at Lemonfield 2m ire ptp hvy in Mar beating The Tullow Tank (11-7) by 12l, 14 ran.
The Road Ahead 9-4 (10-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 12l behind Centasia (10-12) at Wincanton 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Oct.