JUST BEFORE DAWN will be a short price in this given he was only beaten a head by the useful Cultivator when making his hurdling debut at Kempton in March – he’s already won a point-to-point and a bumper. Whispering Affair should be capable of improving on her fourth here last month and is preferred to the more-exposed Killone, second at Hexham last time but pulled up in four of his six previous starts. Picture Painter is modest on the Flat and heading the same way over timber.
Crookofdevon 250-1 (10-13) Behind, under pressure halfway, detached when pulled up 5 out, at Kelso 2m 2f (4) gd in Apr.
Just Before Dawn (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, led approaching 5th, headed 2 out, rallied and every chance closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 10, hd behind Cultivator (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gd in Mar.
Killone (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 2 out, went 2nd before last, kept on same pace and no impression, 2nd of 12, 3 3/4l behind Applaus (11-4) at Hexham 2m (4) gd in Apr.
Lorenzo (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Sn rr, slw jmp 2nd, 6th 1/2way, 6th 1/2way, prog 3rd 2out, sn wknd & no ex bef last, 3rd of 7, dist behind Puff My Pistons (12-2) at Farmaclaffley 3m mdn hvy in Mar.
Registan (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, soon weakened, last of 8, dist behind Arakhan (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f (5) gs in Feb.
Il Sassicaia 125-1 (10-7) Towards rear, mistake 4th, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, tailed off, at Perth 2m (4) gd in Apr.
Picture Painter (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along and weakened 2f out, 5th of 10, 10 1/4l behind Visitant (9-7) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in May.
Beyond The Glen 7-1 (11-7) Led to 5; wl bhnd 15, 7th of 11, 20 1/4l behind Twelveoclockhigh (12-0) at Witton Castle 3m gf in May.
Just Brooke 33-1 (10-7) Always behind, struggling 4 out, soon tailed off and pulled up, at Kelso 2m 2f mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Whispering Affair 33-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, lost place after 3 out, soon towards rear, ridden and stayed on to take modest 4th closing stages, no chance with leaders, 4th of 10, 24 3/4l behind Royal Village (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn (4) gd in Apr.