Highly-rated pointer MONBEG LEGEND (NAP) is likely to be a warm order here having made a very impressive start to his career under Rules when running away with a Southwell maiden. Whatzdjazz won on fast ground here last month before finishing third under a penalty at Newton Abbot and should figure with her mares’ allowance. Old Harry Rocks got off the mark over course and distance latest but the second had been beaten out of sight by the selection earlier so further improvement is required. What Happens Now won three times over fences last year but this looks like a pipe-opener.
Monbeg Legend 6-4fav (11-1) Keen, tracked leaders, led after 4th, quickened clear after 3 out, very easily, won at Southwell 2m 4f mdn (5) gs in Jun beating West Class (11-1) by 27l, 6 ran.
Black Anthem (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, dropped to mid-division 4th, ridden before 2 out, weakened last, 10th of 16, 24 1/2l behind Muffins For Tea (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in May.
Minella Voucher 50-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, some headway into 5th from 4 out, no impression, well beaten after 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, dist behind Get Rhythm (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn (4) gd in Jun.
Western Dream 100-1 (10-12) Chased leader, led after 2nd, headed and bumped 4th, chased leader until weakened quickly after 2 out, last of 6, 37 1/2l behind Champagne City (11-1) at Stratford 2m (4) gd in Jun.
What Happens Now (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Led until mistake 2nd, chased leaders, hit 8th, not fluent 10th, mistake next, struggling 12th, well beaten 15th, pulled up before 3 out, at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Old Harry Rocks (IRE) 5-6fav (11-0) Kept wide, chased leader, led approaching 2 out, mistake last, ridden clear run-in, won at Worcester 2m 4f mdn (5) sft in May beating Global Bonus (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Whatzdjazz (IRE) 6-5fav (11-4) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, close 3rd when not fluent 2 out, beaten after, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 6 1/2l behind Katy P (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f (4) gd in May.