King Of The Wolds won at Newcastle in February but couldn't overcome a penalty on a return visit to Gosforth Park and may be vulnerable here. Imjoeking and Sorcier are winners between the flags but so is BLACKWATER KING and Donald McCain had a terrific record with similar types in bumpers last season. He could be the one here though Ultiep has been placed in a couple of minor events, albeit well beaten, and Kevin Ryan's newcomer Araku Valley should know his job.
King Of The Wolds (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakened towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Scarlet Fire (10-7) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Araku Valley (IRE) Indian Danehill gelding out of Bobazure.
Aw Ripe China (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Ld/disp until rddn in 3rd 6out, wknd 4out & mod 6th from 3out, 5th of 9, 18l behind Turnandgo (11-7) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Blackwater King (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Made all, 1l adv from 4out, 2l adv & in command last, row, won at Dromahane 2m ire ptp sft in Apr beating Born In Fire (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Cumbrian Farmer 15-2 (10-8) Always in rear, last of 7, well behind Mister Pagan (10-11) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) sft in Aug.
Imjoeking (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Pr, ld after 3rd, hdd at last, kow, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Castle Fall's (12-0) at Ballysteen 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Sorcier (FR) 5-2 (11-7) Held up; stdy hdwy 15; led app last; rdly, won at Corbridge 3m ptp gs in Mar '11 beating Ravens Secret (12-0) by 10l, 12 ran.
Ultiep (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden 7f out, weakened over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 26l behind Henri Parry Morgan (10-11) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Aug.