Tom Tate and Katie Cooper teamed up to win this in 2009 and, as a three-year-old won the event last year, the partnership can get competitive again with the progressive Defence Of Duress. Nina Carberry looks an ideal partner for Just Lille, who made all and strode out strongly in the home straight to win a claimer over the C&D last month. Ann Duffield's mare looks certain to give a good account while Carol Bartley should get a tune out of the lightly-raced Staff Sergeant, who was going on strongly at the finish over 1m2f at Ayr last time. These races are often run at a frantic pace so lasting out the trip is of paramount importance and that will be no problem to BOWDLER'S MAGIC, a winner on fast going over 1m6f at Sandown last summer. Katie Walsh travels over to ride and Mark Johnston's charge should be good enough. Meetings Man, who ran very well in an amateurs' event over the C&D last month, is another expected to go well.
Just Lille (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Made all, set strong pace, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at York 1m 4f clm stks (4) gd in May beating Sunwise (9-7) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Bowdler's Magic 3-1fav (9-5) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on well, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 2l behind English Summer (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Sir Boss (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, effort over 1f out, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind English Summer (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Baralaka 9-2 (8-11) Held up, headway to lead over 8f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 42l behind Cracking Lass (8-10) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Oct.
Epic (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Towards rear, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded, 7th of 20, 7l behind Salden Licht (9-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Uphold 9-4 (9-11) Made all, ridden clear final furlong, eased close home, unchallenged, won at Leicester 1m 2f clm stks (6) gf in May beating Lang Shining (9-8) by 4l, 7 ran.
Crackentorp 18-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 16, 10l behind Tepmokea (9-1) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Trip The Light 9-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Franco Is My Name (9-8) by 1l, 11 ran.
Staff Sergeant 7-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, headway 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Quanah Parker (8-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Gold Rules 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 10l behind Oriental Cavalier (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Antigua Sunrise (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Line Of Duty (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Ubi Ace 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on, one pace, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Oriental Cavalier (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Inspirina (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Led, strongly challenged over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Beaumont's Party (8-11) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Embsay Crag 6-1 (9-0) Mid-division, driven and one pace final 2f, 4th of 11, 7l behind Red Fama (8-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Ejteyaaz 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced 3f out, kept on final furlong, 6th of 10, 8l behind Butler (8-11) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Haljaferia (UAE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, chased leader over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not quite pace to threaten leaders, 5th of 16, 1 1/4l behind Qaraaba (9-1) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Meetings Man (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, chased leaders over 4f out, led over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Ravi River (10-10) at York 1m 4f am hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Bavarica 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in May beating Strike Force (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Umverti 16-1 (9-9) Always in rear, 12th of 16, 13l behind Sharp Sovereign (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Defence Of Duress (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to chase winner over 1f out and every chance, kept on and no impression entering final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Halifax (9-4) at Newcastle 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.