Lukeys Luck won at Uttoxeter last month and made a bold bid to follow up under a penalty at Ludlow. Jennie Candlish's five-year-old is one for the short-list here as he should confirm that latest running with Nouailhas. Before Bruce is still a maiden but hasn't been running badly and makes more appeal than pointer Gaspar and the inconsistent Aperitif. But we'll take a chance on the fitness of EDGEBURY, who may have had the run of the race when scoring at Towcester in the spring but looks the type to improve further this season and isn't badly treated on his return with regular pilot Peter Carberry claiming 5lb.
Sassanian (IRE) 11-10fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, led after 2 out, soon driven clear, mistake last, stayed on, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Sep '10 beating Baraathen (10-9) by 7l, 7 ran.
Old Magic (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, soon dropped into 6th place in mid-division, pushed along and headway before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 14, 21l behind Well Hello There (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Lukeys Luck 4-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, held up in 4th, mistake 5th, headway when mistake 3 out, went right and bumped approaching 2 out, every chance when not much room, not clear run and switched left towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Man In Black (11-11) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Oct.
Drussell (IRE) 11-1 (10-5) Held up, ridden and effort 3 out, not fluent 2 out, stumbled last, went 3rd flat, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Western Bound (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in May.
Gaspar (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Ld & clr, red adv from 6th, chall aftr 3out, hdd aftr 2out, 2l 2nd & no ch with wnr bef last, kow, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Battlefront (11-7) at Kilsheelan 3m ire ptp gd in Oct.
Minder 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, not fluent 6th, ridden and stayed on same pace before 2 out, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Marc Aurele (11-7) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gf in Oct.
Mac Beattie 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, driven and headway approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 4th of 10, 23l behind Street Dance (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Rebel High (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Made most until 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Fishoutofwater (10-5) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Aperitif 14-1 (11-7) Led, hit 3 out, soon headed, weakened before next, eased, 11th of 15, 38l behind Classical Mist (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Nouailhas 14-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, ridden after 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 7, 45l behind Man In Black (11-11) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Oct.
Uffa Fox (IRE) 6-1 (10-4) Held up in last trio, headway on outside before 2 out, challenged and wandered before last, stayed on strongly flat, led post, dismounted after line, won at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Oct '10 beating Unleashed (11-3) by ns, 8 ran.
Before Bruce 14-1 (11-4) Chased leader, led approaching 3 out, headed 2 out, soon beaten, left 3rd last, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Mavalenta (11-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Alternator (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway when hit 7th, mistake 3 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 13, 22l behind Earcomesthedream (10-13) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Mar '10.
Edgebury 6-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, led 3 out, ridden and headed next, still every chance last, rallied to lead again towards finish, won at Towcester 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr beating Mossmann Gorge (11-10) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Laughing Game 14-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 5th, lost place next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by O'Callaghan Strand (11-4) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May, 13 ran.
Terra Bleu (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Always behind, tailed off from 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Lucky Lukey (10-11) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Crossguard (USA) 10-1 (11-0) In touch, chased winner 3 out, lost 2nd near line, 3rd of 12, 17l behind Classic Quart (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May '09.
Cocacobana (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear and wide, ridden and blundered 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 33l behind Tullyraine (11-0) at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.