This could easily be the most informative UK bumper of the season so far with seven previous winners lining up alongside several promising lightly-raced types. Cousin Khee bolted up by 10 lengths on his debut at Exeter, while Cinders And Ashes has already won at Fontwell and Southwell. Nicky Henderson does well with his French imports and Barry Geraghty has chosen Trozulon over Zama Zama, who beat Cardinal Rose on debut at Warwick. It's A Gimme beat Kaylif Aramis and the well-backed Allez Les Rouges at Exeter last month but had previously been brushed aside by KEYS at Ffos Las. A rare runner under NH Rules for Roger Charlton, this half-brother to the stable's smart middle-distance performer Clowance has since won at Lingfield and may have too much speed for his rivals here.
Broughtons Star 6-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 3f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on under hands and heels riding, held on, won at Huntingdon 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) gs in Nov beating Close House (10-12) by ns, 16 ran.
Cinders And Ashes 13-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, clear when edged right final furlong, ridden out, easily, won at Southwell 1m 6f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (5) std in Dec beating Polurrian (10-12) by 6l, 14 ran.
Cousin Khee Evensfav (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on strongly, won at Exeter 1m 5f 3yo nhf (6) gd in Oct beating Bathcounty (10-5) by 10l, 14 ran.
It's A Gimme (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Mid-division in touch, headway 4f out, driven to lead 2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (5) gs in Dec beating Kaylif Aramis (10-12) by 2l, 10 ran.
Keys (IRE) 1-2fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, smooth headway over 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, led over 1f out, soon quickened clear, easily, won at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (5) hvy in Nov beating Painted Tail (10-5) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Trozulon (FR) Roli Abi gelding out of Manza.
Zama Zama 5-1 (10-7) Led after 3f, ridden and in command over 1f out, ridden out, won at Warwick 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) gs in Nov beating Cardinal Rose (10-12) by 8l, 13 ran.
Allez Les Rouges (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) Led, ridden and edged left over 3f out, hung violently left and almost ran off course over 2f out, soon headed, continued to hang badly left and almost unrideable, lost place inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 11l behind It's A Gimme (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (5) gs in Dec.
Cardinal Rose 7-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 8f out, soon chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 8l behind Zama Zama (10-7) at Warwick 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) gs in Nov.
Jojabean (IRE) Milan gelding out of Garden City.
Kaylif Aramis 11-2 (10-12) Ran green early, mid-division in touch, effort 3f out, chased winner 2f out, soon ridden, kept under pressure final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2l behind It's A Gimme (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (5) gs in Dec.
Kuilsriver (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Keys (10-12) at Ffos Las 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) gs in Nov.
Revani 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 8f out, ridden and no chance with winner when lost 2nd over 1f out, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Zama Zama (10-7) at Warwick 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) gs in Nov.
Saffron Sam 100-1 (10-12) With leaders on outside, challenged over 3f out, every chance when carried left and almost taken off course over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 12l behind It's A Gimme (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (5) gs in Dec.
Sole Survivor (FR) Smadoun gelding out of Sellaginella.
What A Warrior (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Ran green, in rear, headway over 3f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, no impression with leading pair, improve, 3rd of 10, 8l behind It's A Gimme (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (5) gs in Dec.