Recent form doesn't seem to count for much in some of these amateur events so the token vote goes to LOYAL ROYAL, who won a division of this race last year under today's rider off a 4lb higher mark. Welcome Approach has been in winning form this year but is up another 3lb for his latest success at Kempton while Welsh Inlet posted a better effort over 5f at Lingfield on his latest start. Indian Arrow has yet to score but is partnered by Simon Walker, who has won this twice in recent years, so he looks worthy of consideration.
Foreign Rhythm (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) In touch farside, pushed along 3f out, weakend over 2f out, 11th of 14, 9l behind Toby Tyler (9-7) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Enjoyment 20-1 (8-13) Held up, weakened over 1f out, eased final furlong, last of 9, 38l behind Ryan Style (9-10) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Welsh Inlet (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Held up, headway on inside to 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Dorothy's Dancing (9-8) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Welcome Approach 10-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Royal Envoy (9-0) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Steadied start and soon switched left, in rear, never near leaders, 8th of 12, 8l behind My Kingdom (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Loves Theme (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out went 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 4l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Stamp Duty (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 8l behind Whodathought (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Indian Arrow 7-2 (9-4) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, not clear and switched right, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Welcome Approach (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Royal Box 3-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Buxton (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Rapid Water 22-1 (9-0) In touch on outside, ridden and no impression over 1f out, beaten when edged left and bumped well inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Dvinsky (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Memphis Man 16-1 (9-2) Behind, never on terms, 8th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Avonlini (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Forty Proof (IRE) 17-2 (9-4) In rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 6l behind Invigilator (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Slatey Hen (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) In touch in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 8, 6l behind First In Command (9-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.