Julia Too won at Hexham last month but that wasn't a great race and she may struggle against the boys here off level terms. IMJOEKING made a winning start under Rules in a bumper here last month but had already won a point-to-point and will have no problem with the switch to hurdles. He looks the one to beat with the ex-Irish Morning Royalty finishing well beaten on his first start for James Moffatt and Definite Dream and Forty Crown returning from a break.
Definite Dream (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to lead 2f out and soon strongly pressed, kept on under pressure final furlong, won at Tipperary 2m N H flat sft in Apr beating Calibre Style (10-6) by 1/2l, 17 ran.
Forty Crown (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, pushed along when hampered over 4f out, soon ridden and stayed on same pace final 2f, 4th of 8, 17l behind Cracking Man (10-13) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jun.
Grand Shift (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 9th of 11, 45l behind Regal Encore (10-3) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb.
Imjoeking (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Behind, headway halfway, chased leaders over 4f out, led over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened closing stages, held on, won at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Oct beating Blackwater King (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Jack Albert (IRE) Cloudings gelding out of Lisdoylelady.
Julia Too 11-2 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway 5th, led after 2 out, pressed last, headed run-in, switched left and regained lead last 150 yards, kept on gamely, won at Hexham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct beating Bonnie Burnett (10-10) by 2l, 8 ran.
Morning Royalty (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Keen hold in rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, soon no impression, 4th of 6, 22l behind Dotties Dilema (11-0) at Hexham 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Oct.