Intiqaal disappointed when favourite at Yarmouth last time and has still to prove he stays this trip. There are no stamina doubts surrounding Bold Marc or Tanforan, though whether either are up to winning in this grade nowadays is open to debate. It looks like the handicapper has got to grips with Dazakhee, while Star Addition has yet to win on turf and is probably better over further. Richard Price does well with the few runners he sends here from his Herefordshire base so it may be worth taking a chance on RED DAGGER, who is only 4lb higher than when scoring over this trip at Newcastle last year and will be a lot sharper for a recent pipe-opener over hurdles.
Boy Blue 12-1 (8-7) Started slowly, in rear, ridden and no progress over 2f out, 5th of 6, 8l behind Resuscitator (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Cawdor (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, under pressure halfway, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 10l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Intiqaal (IRE) 13-8fav (9-12) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, one pace and lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Mosaicist (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f mdn auc stks (6) gf in May.
Redhotdoc 25-1 (9-9) In touch in mid-division, closed over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 10l behind Solar Sky (8-11) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Bold Marc (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Mid-divisison in touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, no impression, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Take It To The Max (9-6) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Dazakhee 6-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 11, 21l behind Amazing Blue Sky (9-7) at Haydock 1m 2f ladies hcap (5) gf in May.
Classic Descent 8-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 9, 27l behind Epernay (9-0) at Carlisle 1m app hcp (6) gs in May.
Red Dagger (IRE) 18-1 (8-7) In rear, switched right 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd post, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Franki J (8-5) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Tanforan 28-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, well held 1f out, 6th of 9, 14l behind You've Been Mowed (8-6) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Star Addition 7-2 (8-8) Mid-division, lost place 4f out, not clear run and switched left 2f out, stayed on to take 4th inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 6l behind Epernay (9-0) at Carlisle 1m app hcp (6) gs in May.