A race no easier for the lack of numbers and with Donald McCain holding the lion's share of the entries at the five-day stage, he relies upon AAZIF. The four-year-old made light work of his rivals in two easy wins at Sedgefield and though he will have a double penalty to carry, he still appears to be on the upgrade. Kettlewell overjumped at the first at Newton Abbot and gave his rider no chance of staying on board. The fact that Tony McCoy is prepared to get in the saddle makes him very much of interest. Bob Tucker won a bumper at Worcester on his debut for Brendan Powell and ran a fair race under a winner's penalty at Doncaster. Wintered Well never saw the track when with Jonjo O'Neill, but he has shaped with some promise for Jennie Candlish. That said, he would need to leave behind a very moderate effort at Market Rasen earlier in the month.
Aazif (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2 out, challenged last, held final 100 yards, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jun.
Bob Tucker (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leader, lost 2nd over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, rallied to 3rd close home, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Avidity (10-3) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Wintered Well (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) In touch, bumped, stumbled badly and lost place 2nd, not fluent after, left remote 4th 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 9, 43l behind Marmas (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Kettlewell 5-2 (10-10) In touch, fell 1st, in a race won by Lyssio (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf, 9 ran.
Pru 100-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, pulled up before last, in a race won by Azure Fly (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd, 13 ran.