The market should be the best guide to the chances of ex-pointer Brians Well and a trio of newcomers. Star Ride, a full brother to bumper and hurdles winner Magnifique Etoile, looks the pick of the debutants on breeding as Junior's half-brother Top Chief will surely need further and more time. ON THE BUCKLE shaped nicely at Wincanton despite being given plenty to do. He'll know more today and can open his account.
Brians Well (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div, rdn to chall bef 2out, not go with wnr but kow, 2nd of 13, 6l behind A Stray Shot (11-4) at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gd in Oct.
On The Buckle 18-1 (11-1) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 7th of 12, 5l behind Robinsfirth (10-12) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
The Stig (FR) 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 7f out, 6th of 10, well behind No No Mac (10-8) at Southwell 2m mdn n h flat (5) std in Mar.
Top Chief Doyen gelding out of For More.
Star Ride Kayf Tara gelding out of Star Diva.
Georgea (IRE) Generous filly out of Newbay Lady.
Java Rose 13-2 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 6f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 44l behind Joanne One (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.