It could pay to stick with the two recent winners in this. Proud Times had Osmosia back in third when scoring over 2m5f at Plumpton though BATHWICK JUNIOR makes more appeal over today's trip. The latter is a recent winner in heavy ground at Chepstow and is taken to follow-up. Royal Defence has a shout racing off the same mark as when second at Huntingdon last month while Beau Lake has the past form to figure though he's been off the track since 2011. Zhukov also returns from a lengthy absence and is unexposed over hurdles.
Royal Defence (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) In touch, weakened 7th, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Tigresse Bleue (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft, 11 ran.
Beau Lake (IRE) 11-4 (11-6) Sometimes jumped right, tracked leader, led approaching 3 out, headed 2 out, no impression last, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Tharaya (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Mar '11.
Zhukov (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked winner until 4th, prominent after, ridden 11th, outpaced 3 out, last of 4, 13l behind Colditz (10-9) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Aug '12.
Voltchesko (FR) 40-1 (10-8) Always behind, 9th of 12, 42l behind Suerte Al Salto (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Apr.
Bathwick Junior 9-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden to lead before last, soon clear, won at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy beating Pagham Belle (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Maccabees 25-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair in touch, pushed along 7th, chased leaders under pressure after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 5th of 9, 24l behind Marie Deja La (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Proud Times (USA) 10-1 (11-10) Held up, bad mistake 6th and dropped to last, remote 7th 3 out, headway before 2 out, went 2nd flat, led towards finish, won at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Phar Away Island (10-13) by 1l, 9 ran.
Little Roxy (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner before 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Capellini (10-6) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Osmosia (FR) 8-1 (10-5) Soon in touch, led 7th, clear 9th, 10 lengths up 2 out, weakened and edged right flat, headed and lost 3 places towards finish, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Proud Times (11-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Just Beware 12-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, led 6th, ridden and headed before 2 out, one pace and soon beaten, 5th of 6, 19l behind Raven's Tower (10-13) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.