DISCOVERY BAY is consistent and looks capable of scoring off his current mark. He found one too good again at Musselburgh a fortnight ago but this doesn't look any tougher and he gets the nod. Nicky Henderson has a good record in this so French import Hammersly Lake is expected to go well despite having his first start since 2011. Population gets a change of headgear after placing on his last three outings and is preferred to recent Taunton winner Brinestine. Milord was still beaten a distance when runner-up at Uttoxeter and Dunraven Storm makes more appeal after a recent pipe-opener over track and trip as he's tumbled down the weights of late.
Hammersly Lake (FR) 7-1 (10-5) 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Esmondo (10-10) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f Listed hdl 3yo sft in Sep '11.
Dunraven Storm (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway 2 out, staye d on to 4th flat, never going pace of leading trio, 4th of 12, 10l behind Pine Creek (10-4) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Discovery Bay 8-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Willow's Saviour (10-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) gd.
Specialagent Alfie 10-1 (10-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along and hanging right when weakened before 2 out, 11th of 12, 23l behind Pine Creek (10-4) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Whitby Jack 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd brielfy approaching 3 out, no extra next, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 30l behind Shotavodka (11-12) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Mar.
Milord (GER) 11-4 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway to chase winner 5th, mistake 7th, no chance with winner from 3 out, 2nd of 12, 25l behind Carraig Mor (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Jumps Road 25-1 (10-1) Mid-division on outside, pushed along pushed along and weakened well before 2 out, 10th of 12, 22l behind Pine Creek (10-4) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Population 5-2 (10-4) Mid-division, outpace 3 out, headway approaching last, stayed on to go 3rd closing stages, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Willow's Saviour (10-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) gd.
Brinestine (USA) 13-2 (11-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led before next, clear before last, hung left and ridden flat, kept on strongly, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Don Pooleoni (11-4) by 6l, 15 ran.