Helium is in form and should be thereabouts again but Crafty Roberto may struggle under his big weight while Coffee and Jawaab haven't shown enough lately to warrant consideration. Muwalla may need this while Callhimwhatyouwant has been chasing lately and may get tapped for toe around here. It's too soon to write off BAB AL SALAM, despite a modest showing at Stratford last time, and John Ferguson's seven-year-old could be the one to beat today if Denis O'Regan can get him settled.
Crafty Roberto 12-1 (9-8) Mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway next, went 2nd before last, 4th and beaten when not fluent at hurdle, 4th of 11, 9l behind Starluck (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
Helium (FR) 9-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd and keen, challenged 3 out, kept on from last to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Union Saint (11-6) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Bab Al Salam (USA) 7-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 5th, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 8, 22l behind Sir Fredlot (11-4) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Coffee (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Held up in rear, took keen hold, slightly hampered 1st, some headway on outside before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, well behind Ladies Dancing (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Rocky Rebel 10-1 (11-4) With leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened and blundered 2 out, 7th of 8, 30l behind Ulys Du Charmil (11-10) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Smart Catch (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Mid-division, lost place before 6th, soon behind, 8th of 11, 43l behind Claret Cloak (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Muwalla 40-1 (11-5) Towards rear, ridden after 3 out, never dangerous, 10th of 14, 46l behind Young Mags (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Jawaab (IRE) 9-2 (10-1) Led, headed after 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 6, 21l behind Deepsand (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Apr.
Outback (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, slow 4th, beaten before 3 out, 6th of 8, 38l behind Watered Silk (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Callhimwhatyouwant (IRE) 11-10fav (11-11) Jumped left, led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon beaten, lost 2nd last, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Apache Dawn (10-0) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.