Endless chances in an impenetrable-looking handicap but it's interesting to see Captain Sunshine out so quickly after his unusual refusal to race just four days ago. He's certainly one to note if jumping off here but Barry Geraghty enjoys a good record for Jessica Harrington and their representative, MALLER TREE, is taken to follow up a comfortable Naas success late last month. He's admittedly more exposed than many of these but sets a sound form standard and houses solid claims in a difficult punting puzzle. In contrast, there are plenty of unexposed sorts open to any amount of improvement, notably Close House, Ruben Cotter and Well Sharp, all of whom arrive on the back of notable absences. Irish raider Baresi shouldn't be discounted either as the consistent son of Milan turns up on the back of a very good Limerick effort just a week ago.
Secret Edge 25-1 (10-13) In touch, pushed along before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 11th of 19, 21l behind Red Merlin (11-3) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in May.
Maller Tree 9-2 (11-0) Made all, ridden from 2 out and asserted before last, kept on well run-in, won at Naas 2m 4f hdl sft in Oct beating Texas Jack (11-4) by 7l, 5 ran.
Captain Sunshine 5-4fav (10-13) Whipped round at start and refused to race, in a race won by Stars Du Granits (10-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) sft, 6 ran.
Ifyouletmefinish (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) With leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened after last, 7th of 19, 7l behind Red Merlin (11-3) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in May.
Close House 33-1 (11-7) Held up rear of mid-division, mistake 4th, 9th and driven before 2 out, stayed on approaching last, went 4th flat, nearest finish, 4th of 17, 23l behind Simonsig (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Ruben Cotter (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, led 2 out, clear and not fluent last, kept on well, won at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in May beating Water Garden (11-5) by 4l, 15 ran.
Persian Snow (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, 3rd last, stayed on, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 22, 8l behind Dark Lover (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Double Ross (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, fell 4th, in a race won by Golden Chieftain (11-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct, 14 ran.
Zama Zama 25-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, some headway when hit 5th, ridden 3 out, no impression, mistake 2 out, 15th of 22, 32l behind Dark Lover (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Black Benny (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Settled behind leaders early, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression after 4 out, 8th of 15, 19l behind Bob Lingo (10-6) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Aug.
Beachdale Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Slight mistake 1st, chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th and no extra before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 29l behind Zuzka (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Mart Lane (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, kept on one pace from before straight, 4th of 10, 21l behind Foildubh (11-8) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct.
Hada Men (USA) 20-1 (10-10) Close up behind leaders in 5th, ridden before 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 13, 11l behind Lamb Or Cod (10-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Oct.
San Telm (IRE) 7-2fav (11-9) Mid-division, headway before 3 out on inner, went 3rd before 2 out, challenged last, kept on to lead towards finish, driven out, won at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct beating Yesyoucan (11-9) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Baresi (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Settled in rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, headway after 3 out and 3rd entering straight, soon ridden and no impression 2 out, kept on well under pressure run-in, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Medicinal Compound (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy.
Mister Dillon 8-1 (10-6) Held up in mid-division, headway after 5th, not fluent next, ridden before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 9th of 23, 38l behind Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Well Sharp 3-10fav (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway 7th, led 2 out, clear from last, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Forgotten Symphony (10-12) by 4l, 10 ran.
Cloudy Bob (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Chased leaders, mistake 8th, chased winner after 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 10, 12l behind Provo (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Staccato Valtat (FR) 16-1 (10-6) Always prominent, led 2 out, hit last, ran on well, won at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr beating Bunclody (11-9) by 6l, 10 ran.
Reggie Perrin 50-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, lost place after 3rd, not fluent 5th, ridden next, not fluent 7th, mistake when behind 3 out, stayed on flat, no chance with leaders, 6th of 14, 17l behind Barbatos (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Fishoutofwater (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Mistakes, in rear, reminders first, headway next, in touch, went 3rd 7th, ridden 14th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, pulled up last, in a race won by Loch Ba (11-5) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs, 9 ran.
Psi (USA) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling after 3 out, never involved, 10th of 17, 50l behind Lamps (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.