Party Rock has made giant strides recently but has been raised a further 6lb since completing his hat-trick at Cheltenham and that could bring his winning run to an end here. Recent winners Arctic Court and Drum Valley have a bit to prove in this grade but it would be no surprise to see old Cockney Trucker go well under McCoy while Stuart Crawford runs Ayr runner-up Trucking Along and Now This Is it, though the latter has a bit to find with Bar De Ligne on Perth running. Bourne and the returning Decoy and One Term could be interesting but NATIVE GALLERY looked on the way back when third at Punchestown and Ben de Haan's lightly-raced eight-year-old can repeat his victory of 12 months ago off a 7lb higher mark.
Snap Tie (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inner, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 18th of 20, well behind Il Fenomeno (10-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl sft in Apr.
Native Gallery (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Soon chased leaders, niggled along from 5 out, 5th before straight, 4th under pressure before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 22, 6l behind The Paparrazi Kid (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Bourne 10-1 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along when not fluent 6th, soon struggling, well behind when hampered before 2 out, tailed off, 16th of 17, well behind Party Rock (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Bar De Ligne (FR) 6-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Apr beating Now This Is It (11-5) by 7l, 9 ran.
Now This Is It (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Led, clear before 4th, ridden and headed 2 out, no chance with winner, kept on for 2nd, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Bar De Ligne (11-5) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Apr.
Cockney Trucker (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Held up in 6th, mistake and slightly hampered 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, stayed on to dispute modest 4th at the last, never involved, 5th of 8, 26l behind Top Of The Range (11-10) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Mar.
Vendor (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, badly hampered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Stopped Out (10-13) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr, 18 ran.
Saphir River (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened after 4 out, 9th of 10, 28l behind Orsippus (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gd in Apr.
Party Rock (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, headway approaching 2 out, switched left on bend soon after, led before last, driven clear flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr beating Creepy (10-6) by 4l, 17 ran.
Kian's Delight 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before 7th, ridden before last, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 9l behind Orsippus (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gd in Apr.
Decoy (FR) 3-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened soon after, 7th of 11, 18l behind Premier Dane (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) sft in Sep.
Arctic Court (IRE) 5-2fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, went 2nd after 3 out, strong challenged from next, not fluent last, stayed on, led post, won at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr beating Scotswell (11-4) by ns, 13 ran.
Drum Valley 7-2fav (11-7) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd after 8th, challenged and hit 3 out, led soon after, joined 2 out, ridden and strongly pressed but kept narrow advantage flat, held on gamely, won at Plumpton 2m 5f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd beating Va'vite (10-6) by hd, 10 ran.
Trucking Along (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) In rear, headway on outer before 4 out, chased winner before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Mubrook (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Smalib Monterg (FR) 28-1 (10-1) Towards rear, headway before 5th, ridden before last, faded run-in, 15th of 22, 25l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
One Term (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Took keen hold in touch in 5th, went 2nd 3 out until hit 2 out, weakened soon after, 5th of 8, 31l behind Sixty Something (11-8) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
I Hear A Symphony (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, ridden and no impression 6 out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, well behind Gates Of Rome (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl hvy in Mar.