WILD CARD's defeat of Twelve Roses at Towcester in April was decent form and it's no surprise that Jason Maguire has chosen him ahead of Donald McCain's other runner Darlington County. The six-year-old can defy his penalty here ahead of Rock A Doodle Do, third at Aintree in June, and the more exposed Mister Bricolage and Three Kingdoms. The latter should find a small race somewhere before much longer, however, while Herostatus has hinted at ability. Red Eyes won at Sedgefield last month while Kilbree Chief and Rocky Island have both been successful in a point-to-point.
Red Eyes 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, hit 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 33l behind Mysteree (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Wild Card 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, headway on inside after 4 out, outpaced after next, stayed on to challenge when not fluent 2 out, ridden to lead flat, held on, won at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Twelve Roses (10-12) by nk, 10 ran.
Agesilas (FR) 40-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden and swishing tail 3f out, plugged on from over 1f out, no chance with leaders, 6th of 10, 24l behind Regal Diamond (11-9) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (4) gd in May.
Alaplee 66-1 (11-3) Mid-division, dropped towards rear halfway, outpaced over 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 26l behind Mister Nibbles (11-7) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Crooked Arrow (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Prominent, under pressure when blundered 2 out, soon beaten, 6th of 13, 26l behind Sergeant Mattie (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Darlington County 16-1 (11-9) In touch, pushed along before 9th, weakened after 3 out, 11th of 13, well behind Purcell's Bridge (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Herostatus 25-1 (10-11) In touch, mistake 4th, soon driven and lost place, weakened from 4 out, 8th of 10, 36l behind Mwaleshi (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Jokers And Rogues (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 3f out, 7th of 12, well behind Devenish Island (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Kilbree Chief (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along 7f out, outpaced 4f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Viacometti (10-12) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Mister Bricolage (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 8, 40l behind Ballyculla (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Rayadour (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Headway to mid-division when slow and reminders after 3rd, headway under pressure to 5th before 2 out, soon no impression, 6th of 11, 38l behind Feb Thirtyfirst (11-2) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Held up, closed 5th, every chance when not fluent 2 out, disputing 5th and no impression last, stayed on final 100 yards, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Roc De Prince (10-11) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Rocky Island (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Ld from 1st, hdd aftr 3out, chall 2out, so to ld again bef last, held on gamely, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Young Qc (12-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Three Kingdoms (IRE) 66-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last, 17th of 24, 39l behind Flaxen Flare (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo) (1) gs in Mar.