Georgian King, Asparagus Wingnut and The Great Alfie make the shortlist here, with Asparagus Wingnut taken to score. A son of Alflora out of a Teenoso mare, The Great Alfie was not unfancied for his bumper debut. He led until the closing stages and showed signs of greenness, finishing third. He will know his job better today. Georgian King won on his debut at Market Rasen in March, and ran well to be a staying on third at Uttoxeter recently under a penalty. Sharpened up by that run, he can go well. An expensive purchase as a yearling, Asparagus Wingnut never made it to the track for a Flat campaign, but now with Vic Dartnall, he has shown promise in two bumper starts, showing a good deal of improvement last time. Although Paul Nicholls and Phillip Hobbs are represented by interesting debutants, they may go off at false prices, and Asparagus Wingnut can come home in front at a nice price.
Georgian King 11-2 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 7f out, not much room and lost place 6f out, not clear run over 4f out, kept on well, nearest finish, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Broomhill Flyer (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m nhf (6) gd.
Asparagus Wingnut (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, ran on well final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Team Chaser (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f nhf (6) gd in Mar.
Gullible Gordon (IRE) Anshan gelding out of an unraced mare.
Henners Exit To Nowhere gelding, half-brother to numerous winners over jumps and in bumpers.
Kingston Lane (IRE) Sassanian gelding out of an unraced mare.
Lord Lescribaa (FR) Ungaro gelding out of a moderate racemare.
Plum Pudding (FR) Fado gelding out of 1m6f winner Tale.
Quickbuck 6-1 (11-7) Bhnd til prog 11; wknd 13; pulled up 5 out in race won by Trolley Dolly (11-7) at Bredwardine 3m ptp gd in May '06, 11 ran.
Rock Alliance (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 14, 13l behind Big Eared Fran (10-7) at Sandown 2m nhf (5) gd.
Shining Gale (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Led or disputed lead throughout, stayed on well from last, won at Killeagh 3m ire ptp sft in Jan beating Scary Day (12-0) by 1l, 12 ran.
The Great Alfie 5-1 (11-0) In touch, led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 16, 6l behind Run For Moor (11-0) at Chepstow 2m nhf (6) gd in Oct.
Victory Parade (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of a lightly-raced mare.
Court Princess Mtoto filly, half-sister to numerous winning stayers.
Native Cherry Commanche Run mare, sister to winning chaser Panama At Once, half-sister to winning chaser Beefy Nova.
Sally Army Silver Patriarch mare, half-sister to winning hurdler La Marette.
Tootsie Too Overbury mare out of winning hurdler Tap On Tootsie.