A market watch is essential in this kind of lowly bumper with so little form to go on, but we'll tentatively suggest KING OF LEON in preference to Phidippides and General Miller. King of Leon won a better bumper than this last time out, and looked pretty stylish. He's giving weight away all round, but there's going to have to be a special newcomer to beat him. Paul Nicholl's runner could be absolutely anything, but he's got a good record in this sort of race, and can get them winning on debut. General Miller is another debutant, who's been pulled out of a race at Ludlow to come here. Again, Nicky Henderson knows the time of day with his bumpers, and this 30 thousand Guineas purchase could be good enough. Support, or lack of, in the market for any of them should be noted, but we're happy to suggest as the likely winner, King of Leon.
King of Leon (FR) 25-1 (11-4) Held up, smooth headway 6f out, led over 2f out, ridden out, won at Ludlow 2m nhf (4) gs in Dec beating Kerada (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Divine Intavention (IRE) Exit To Nowhere gelding out of Merrill Gaye.
Harry The Hat (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, every chance approaching 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 18, 20l behind Henry King (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4yo nhf (5) gs in Nov.
Magusta (GER) Second Set gelding, half-brother to winners on the Flat and over jumps.
Phidippides (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Sarah Blue.
Prospector Jim Prospector John gelding out of Groovy Grace.
Qianshan Leader (IRE) Anshan gelding out of Gaelic Leader.
Role Call 12-1 (10-5) Behind and tailed off from 6f out, last of 9, well behind Silver Spinner (10-10) at Chepstow 2m nhf (6) hvy in Mar.
Russian Regent (IRE) Moscow Society gelding out of Micro Villa.
Volador (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of She's The One.
Leader Blue (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden when headed entering final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Kerada (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f mrs nhf (6) gd in Nov.
General Miller Karinga Bay gelding out of Millers Action.
Rigadin de Beauchene (FR) Visionary gelding out of Chipie d'Angron.
Capital City (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) In rear, struggling 4f out, never on terms, 10th of 18, 32l behind Eastern Paramour (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f mrs nhf (5) sft in Dec.
Slick Mover (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, some headway over 4f out, never got competitive and soon beaten, 9th of 18, 29l behind Eastern Paramour (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f mrs nhf (5) sft in Dec.