Philip Hobbs has sent out four of the last seven winners so ANTIPHONY will likely prove popular. He has found one too good the last twice and should make another bold bid in this modest company. Blue April faded into fifth having run well for a long way at Haydock last time while Old Magic won an amateurs' race at Bangor last month but disappointed at Chepstow after that and is 8lb higher today. The remainder will need dramatic improvement if they are to get involved though Whitstable Native ran a bit better at Southwell on Friday.
Blue April (FR) 13-2 (11-7) Hit 1st, chased leading pair, pushed along and every chance when blundered 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 8, 11 1/4l behind Beatu (11-12) at Haydock 2m hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Antiphony (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Held up in rear, slightly hampered 3rd, headway from 3 out, 2nd approaching 2 out, held when stumbled last, driven and one pace run-in, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Royal Salute (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp (5) gs in Apr.
Berry De Carjac (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden before 2 out, weakening when hit last, 10th of 17, 19l behind Canadian Diamond (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Dragoon Guard (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, dist behind Champagne George (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 3f (4) gs in Apr.
Centreofexcellence (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Not fluent in rear, lost touch before 7th, tailed off, last of 6, dist behind Georgieshore (11-4) at Lingfield 2m 3f mdn (4) hvy in Mar.
Knight's Reward 11-2 (11-6) Held up, ridden and lost place before 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, dist behind Rior (11-4) at Plumpton 2m hcp (5) sft in Mar.
Old Magic (IRE) 11-4jfav (10-7) Chased leaders, 2nd before 3 out until next, chased leaders, soon ridden, weakened between last two, 5th of 11, 8 1/2l behind Alottarain (11-8) at Chepstow 2m hcp (5) gd in Mar.
Whitstable Native 33-1 (10-7) Held up behind, headway after 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 11 1/4l behind Lord Of The Island (11-12) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) sft in Apr.