This looks quite competitive but it is difficult to get away from the hat-trick seeking DAN GUN (NAP), who has been transformed by a switch to the Skelton yard. He steps up a grade today under a penalty but a mark of 99 probably still underestimates his ability. The lightly-raced maiden La Reine Poutine is interesting upped in distance and fitted with a tongue-tie. Shanroe Tic Tec is usually thereabouts though hasn’t won for more than two years but Faint Hope is on a fair mark judged on his narrow defeat at Warwick and connections will have been delighted with Rare Clouds’ belated reappearance following wind surgery at Haydock. Frankincense and Butler's Brief are others to consider.
Butler's Brief (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Prominent and keen, awkward 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, close up 2 out where not fluent, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 14 1/2l behind Aquila Sky (11-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Monition (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 3 out, stayed on without troubling leaders, 5th of 12, 8 1/4l behind Apache Creek (11-8) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Printing Dollars (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Led, went right 5th, headed 3 out, weakened before next, plugged on pressing for 3rd, 4th of 6, 31 1/4l behind Une De La Seniere (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Cristal Spirit 7-4fav (11-11) Chased leaders, pushed along after 6th, weakened next, tailed off when mistake 2 out, pulled up before last, at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Three Colours Red (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Led, headed on the run to 4 out, soon under pressure and faded out of contention, 7th of 8, dist behind Ratfacemcdougall (11-8) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Rare Clouds 9-1 (11-9) Held up and behind, closer 5th, plugging on but no impression when left in modest 3rd before the last, 3rd of 8, 11 3/4l behind Seymour Sox (11-4) at Haydock 3m hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Presentedwithwings (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, some progress before 8th, pushed after 4 out, ridden and weakened after 3 out, last of 5, dist behind Storm Nelson (10-13) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp (3) sft in Mar.
Shanroe Tic Tec (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, led 6th, headed and jumped right 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 8 1/4l behind Rukwa (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Frankincense (IRE) 7-2fav (11-8) With leader, not fluent 5th, pushed along next, driven after 8th, edged right after 2 out, mistake last, held flat, kept on, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Itsaboutime (10-0) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gf in Apr.
La Reine Poutine (FR) 15-2 (11-11) Prominent, led 5th, headed 8th, tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 12 1/2l behind Ayr Of Elegance (10-8) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp (5) gd in Mar.
Belatrix Lestrange 4-1fav (11-6) Pressed leader, raced on inside and close up 7th, led narrowly 4 out, ridden approaching 3 out, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 23 1/4l behind Tipalong Tyler (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Final List (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Led until 3rd, chased leader, led again 8th until before next, weakened quickly, 9th of 14, dist behind Miss Honey Ryder (12-1) at Taunton 3m hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Liffeydale Dreamer (IRE) 11-10fav (11-2) Mainly tracked winner until not fluent 2 out(usual 3 out)dropped to 4th, ridden and stayed on to chase clear winner approaching last, kept on, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Agent Valdez (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Montanna 25-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear of midfield, ridden towards rear 4 out, some headway before 2 out, stayed on from last, 4th of 13, 15 1/2l behind Winged Isle (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Apr.
Janeymac (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway on inside chasing leaders 7th, weakened 2 out, 6th of 12, dist behind Floating Rock (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Dan Gun (IRE) 13-8fav (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, not fluent 3 out, led and slightly hampered by loose horse before 2 out, switched left to avoid loose horse and clear before last, comfortably, won at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Apr beating Rubytwo (11-12) by 6 1/2l, 13 ran.
Three Ways 16-1 (11-10) Towards rear, ridden 9th, well behind after 3 out, 11th of 15, 34 1/4l behind Catchin Time (10-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Faint Hope 16-1 (10-13) Held up in midfield, pushed along and tracked leader before 3 out, challenged for lead after last, just lacked pace of winner on the run-in, 2nd of 10, nk behind Revels Hill (11-10) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Apr.