Ryan Moore's presence on Degas Art suggests a big run is expected from the winning hurdler, but Irish raider Deutschland is rated much higher over timber though he was well beaten in this last year. However, the best hurdler on show is OVERTURN and he's no slouch on the Flat either. He landed the Northumberland Plate last season and won the Chester Cup in good style last month. In that kind of form, Donald McCain's charge will take all the beating here. Not Til Monday has won his last two starts over 2m on the Flat and he can figure, but Ajaan doesn't win very often nowadays and was well beaten in this race back in 2008. Dayia won a Listed contest in France on heavy ground in November and Olivier Peslier stays loyal, while Halla San could make the frame if back to his best.
Ajaan 33-1 (9-5) Mid-division, lost place 6f out, ridden and effort on outside over 3f out, soon weakened, 25th of 32, 50l behind Aaim To Prosper (7-13) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
American Spin 14-1 (9-10) Led until headed 9f out, chased leader, closed 4f out, ridden to lead 2f out, narrowly headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Spice Fair (9-4) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Dayia (IRE) (8-11) won at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 7f stks hvy in Nov beating Cabimas (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Degas Art (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Made all, raced alone far side from over 4f out, stayed on well, won at Newmarket 1m 4f lst stk (1) sft in Sep '06 beating Into The Dark (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Deutschland (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, 10th over 1f out, ran on well closing stages, 5th of 14, 5l behind Top Spin (7-11) at Killarney 1m 6f hcap gf in Aug.
Font 9-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway on inner over 3f out, soon ridden, beaten when hampered over 2f out, 15th of 17, 14l behind Buccellati (8-12) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs in Oct '07.
Grand Art (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Behind, outpaced on outside 3f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final furlong, no impression, 5th of 11, 7l behind Dalhaan (9-11) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Halla San 10-3fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, ridden 3f out, effort 2f out, kept on one pace, eased final 50 yards, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Just Lille (8-11) at York 1m 4f clm stks (4) gd in May.
Ladies Best 22-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 10f out, remain close up, lost action from 6f out, soon dropped to rear, virtually pulled up, last of 9, well behind Dirar (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec '09.
Not Til Monday (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Led, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, stayed challenging, led again inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May beating Rare Ruby (9-9) by hd, 5 ran.
Overturn (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Made all, pushed along over 3f out, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in May beating Tastahil (9-11) by 1 3/4l, 17 ran.
Swingkeel (IRE) 11-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Activate (9-4) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Chink Of Light 25-1 (9-0) Pressed leader 1st 3f, stayed in 2nd, niggled along halfway, lost 2nd entering final 3f, weakened quickly, tailed off and eased, last of 5, 37l behind St Nicholas Abbey (9-0) at Chester 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Herostatus 25-1 (9-4) Started slowly, held up towards rear, headway over 7f out, soon chasing leaders, driven to challenge over 3f out, hung right under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 20l behind Activate (9-4) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Kayef (GER) 12-1 (8-3) Behind, headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Activate (9-4) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 80-1 (9-0) Tracked winner until over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened 2f out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Harris Tweed (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 6f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in Sep.
Momkinzain (USA) 5-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, not clear run when making headway on inside over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 10, 5l behind Captain John Nixon (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Trovare (USA) 5-1 (9-7) Chased leader, led over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Veiled (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Elyaadi 7-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, last and driven along 3f out, stayed on well from under 2f out, never nearer, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Vivacious Vivienne (9-1) at Leopardstown 1m 4f fll hcp gf in Sep.
Gaselee (USA) 11-1 (9-10) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 4f out, one pace final 3f, 5th of 6, 7l behind Calculating (8-11) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in May.