A wide open finale, with KHUN JOHN heading the shortlist, in preference to Sainglend and Watson's Bay. All the previous winners of this contest have been rated in excess of 70, and only three here come into the contest of that sort of mark, Sainglend, Spirit of Adjisa and our selection Khun John, who's making his debut for Willie Musson. An unsuccessful try at hurdling has seen him brought back to the flat, and this is his first go on the turf for a couple of years. All his previous wins have come over slightly shorter and on the all-weather, but in this sort of company he should be competitive and a change of yard may bring about a change of fortune. Sainglend's been placed in four of five hurdles attempts over the winter, but this is a first run on the flat since October when winning here. The promising efforts over the sticks may have seen him reinvigorated and more enthusiastic. Watson's Bay was claimed by Paul Howling after finishing fourth last time out, and again a change of scenery may prove beneficial. He's well in at the weights, but he does go better on the Polytrack. It's a tracppy finale, with marginal preference being for Khun John.
Spirit of Adjisa (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Soon led, headed after 4f and remained in touch until weakened over 3f out, 11th of 12, 32l behind Clear Reef (9-2) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Khun John (IRE) 4-1fav (9-1) In touch, headway 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Brouhaha (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Sainglend 7-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden to lead over 2f out, ran on strongly, drew clear inside final furlong, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp (6) gd in Oct beating Orange River (9-4) by 2l, 14 ran.
Colour Trooper (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Samurai Warrior (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) in May.
Rose Row 12-1 (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Mista Rossa (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Croon 8-1 (9-0) Soon chasing leader, led over 3f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, one pace after, 4th of 12, 5l behind Salute (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar '07.
Gloucester 15-2 (8-11) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, effort over 1f out, took 3rd inside final furlong, one pace and lost 3rd final stride, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind My Shadow (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Watson's Bay 2-1fav (9-12) In rear, good headway from over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, staying on when not much room well inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Rose Of Coma (8-2) at Leicester 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in May.
Inchando (FR) 100-1 (8-8) Always behind, 11th of 12, 28l behind Dark Prospect (9-1) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Annambo 10-1 (9-0) Chased winner until 10f out, ridden 3f out, chased winner again over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Al Azy (7-11) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.