John Ferguson doesn't have many bumper horses as he tends to recruit his jumpers from the Flat. But he won this last year and obviously thinks something of SHAMAL as he's booked A P McCoy to ride the gelding on debut. The four-year-old is a half-brother to the useful Flat winner Balducci and may have too much speed for these. Carmino, third at Southwell in April, and last month's Market Rasen runner-up Probably Sorry looks the best of those with experience but Arctic Chief should improve on last year's second on the Polytrack.
Bertie Lugg 25-1 (11-2) Held up behind in touch, outpaced over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, stayed on to chase leaders final 2f, no impression, 4th of 10, 8l behind Special Agent (11-2) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jun.
Carmino (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, pushed along over 4f out, kept on over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Horsted Valley (10-9) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Flemensworth (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, in touch, not much room on inside over 6f out, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 50l behind African Gold (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in May '12.
Probably Sorry 10-1 (11-2) Pulled hard in touch, headway to lead halfway, headed over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Southfield Royale (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Ta Ha (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid div, rdn & ko onepce from 2out, nev a dngr to ldrs, 4th of 7, 15l behind Thornleigh Ben (12-0) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gd in Mar '13.
Arctic Chief 11-4 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, effort on wide outside 2f out, led 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 8, hd behind Uncle Muf (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Nov.
Black Bizarre (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 8f out, ridden and lost place 6f out, 4th of 10, 17l behind Hannah Just Hannah (10-4) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in May.
Shamal Exceed And Excel gelding out of Miss Meltemi.
Flow With Eve 66-1 (10-5) Mid-division on inside, dropped rear after 3f, well behind final 6f, last of 10, well behind Hannah Just Hannah (11-0) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gf in Jun.
Minnie Milan (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, 9th of 10, 24l behind Kilronan High (10-12) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in May.
Daisy Picker 33-1 (10-8) Behind, ridden after 4f out, pulled up over 6f out, in a race won by Fire Tower (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in May, 16 ran.