The Pretender is sure to be popular here having his first start for Paul Nicholls, though he only showed modest form in the French provinces. McCoy has chosen Silver Stirrup ahead of stablemates Merry King, My Mate Vinnie and Spoil Me so he's presumably a lot better than he showed at Uttoxeter on Saturday while there may be more to come from Carlisle fifth Henok. Sole Survivor has hinted at ability, as has Roll The Dice, but the one to beat maybe HINDON ROAD who beat recent bumper winner Brave Alliance at Towcester in April on only his second start. He's Flat-bred so should have the speed to see off these more stoutly-bred rivals if his jumping holds up.
Ali Baba 22-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, no progress, 8th of 13, 21l behind Blase Chevalier (10-8) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.
Ballyculla (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 28l behind Greenlaw (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Basil Fawlty (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led, headed well over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 17, 28l behind Claret Cloak (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Henok (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, went poor 4th 4 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, well behind Super Duty (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Hindon Road (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Towcester 2m NH flat (5) gf in Apr beating Brave Alliance (10-5) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
My Mate Vinnie (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, soon behind, pulled up approaching 3 out, in a race won by Jump City (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd, 15 ran.
Noble Media (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened 5f out, completely tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Ravensbury (12-0) at Listowel 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Roll The Dice (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, lost place when mistake 3rd, headway approaching 7th, hit next, soon weakened, went left and fell 3 out, in a race won by Allthekingshorses (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gd, 14 ran.
Silver Stirrup (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, soon struggling, last of 14, well behind Aegean Destiny (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Sole Survivor (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Prominent, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, well behind Ballyclough (10-4) at Haydock 2m nhf (5) gd in Mar.
Spoil Me (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Akayid.
Struanmore 66-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, off the pace in last trio, mistake 4th, soon in rear, mistake 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Grabtheglory (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 9 ran.
Taigan (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracking leading pair when fell 2nd, in a race won by Plenty Pocket (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
The Pretender (FR) (9-13) 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Toady (9-9) at Le Lion D'angers(FR) 1m 3f stk sft in Jul (flat).
Toujours L'attaque (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, hit 1st, not fluent 3rd, weakened 4 out, 9th of 16, 27l behind Prospect Wells (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Merry King (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 5f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 17, 15l behind Sir Johnson (12-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Leath Acra Mor (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 7f out, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 12, nk behind Must You Go (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.