AL FURAT has slipped down the handicap since last winning and after showing signs of a resurgence at Newcastle last month, Ron Barr's charge gets the nod. Blazing Desert seems best on the Polytrack nowadays and Knox Overstreet is better over a longer trip. Call of Duty looks a threat as one of his two victories over course and distance came in this race last year while Teide Peak goes well for today's amateur jockey and the partnership won at Wolverhampton in December. Tapis Libre looks best of Mick Easterby's duo on his seasonal debut.
Blazing Desert 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 7, 16l behind Neighbourhood (8-5) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Knox Overstreet 9-2 (8-11) Steadied start, held up in rear, under pressure over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 13l behind Arashi (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tenhoo 9-2 (8-13) Keen towards rear,ridden over 2f out, keeping on when not clear run inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Tafawuk (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Call of Duty (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Held up in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 11l behind Mohawk Ridge (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Tapis Libre 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct beating Mcbirney (9-9) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Teide Peak (IRE) 4-1 (9-13) In touch in chasing group, headway to 4th over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Stentorian (10-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (5) pol in Feb.
Hernando Torres 11-2 (10-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway 4f out, one pace final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Shamo Hill Theatre (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Al Furat (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Naburn (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Humungosaur 8-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 12l behind Harry Buckle (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Dec.
Light The City (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) Led 2f, tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Bright Applause (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Cool Hand Luke (IRE) 7-1 (8-1) In touch, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on well closing stages, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 6l behind Highland Duke (9-0) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.