There are three previous course winners in this with recent scorer Templehills probably the pick ahead of Fanzio and Romain De Senam at the weights. Aintree My Dream did really well to get within a neck of a race-fit Imperial Presence at Fontwell and has every chance of going one better but was unplaced in this last year and finished behind Town Parks. We just prefer DUSTIN DES MOTTES as the latter was conceding 10lb to winner Flaminger at Fontwell and, though only 1-9 over fences, never seems to run a bad race. Mystical Clouds has switched stables since winning at Kempton in February.
Romain De Senam (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Always behind, 8th of 9, dist behind Imperial Presence (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Psychedelic Rock 9-1 (11-9) Held up in mid-division, blundered and lost place 3rd, not that fluent after, tailed off 11th, soon pulled up, at Ffos Las 3m hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Punches Cross (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, never a factor, 17th of 24, dist behind Glamorgan Duke (9-11) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp Yielding in Feb.
Dustin Des Mottes (FR) 11-4 (11-12) Mid-division, pressed leader 4 out, ridden 3 after out, disputed lead briefly run in, out-stayed, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Flaminger (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Generous Day (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, hampered 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 10th of 20, 34l behind Delire D'Estruval (11-11) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Mar.
Templehills (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Made all, not fluent normal 4 out, clear final bend, reduced lead bypassing omitted last, stayed on, holding 2nd well towards finish, won at Stratford 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Francky Du Berlais (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Aintree My Dream (FR) 11-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, not fluent 8th, mistake 12th, headway 4 out, blundered and went 2nd last, stayed on, pressing winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Imperial Presence (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Mystical Clouds (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Held up in last pair, behind at 8th, smooth headway on inside before 3 out, went 2nd when mistake and left in clear lead 2 out, 2 lengths ahead last, all out, won at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Feb beating Aintree My Dream (11-5) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Town Parks (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Mid-division, tracked front pair after 4th to 6th, behind and pushed along before 10th, ridden after 5 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Feb.
Fanzio (FR) 11-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, closed 8th, led next, headed before 3 out, weakened next, 11th of 15, 32 1/2l behind Dead Right (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Prairie Town (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Slowly into stride, behind, headway 8th, chasing leaders when outpaced and short of room 5 out, mistake next, no extra from 2 out, 4th of 8, 31 1/4l behind Admiral's Secret (11-8) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Jan.