VALLEYOFMILAN makes most appeal in this. A runner-up at Uttoxeter in June, the winner has since gone in again and subsequent four-time winner Bobowen was well beaten in third. Donald McCain's charge is just preferred to Barrakilla who was having his first start for nearly a year when going close on his hurdling bow at Worcester last month but Reaction will find this tougher having only landed a seller at Stratford recently. Mr Watson finished third in a Fairyhouse bumper in April and is worth noting on his first start for Jonjo O'Neill while Milan Royale is a newcomer to keep an eye on in the betting.
Reaction 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, not fluent 3 out, led next, ridden clear before last, ran on well, won at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gs in Oct beating Peaks Of Fire (10-12) by 8l, 10 ran.
Barrakilla (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Mid-division on inside, headway after 4th, hung left and led 2 out, hung left again and headed before last, led flat, headed final 100 yards, held close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Thomas Crapper (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct.
Kingaroo (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up behind, weakening when jumped right 3 out, 10th of 12, well behind Wordy's Boy (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Milan Royale Milan gelding out of Siroyalta.
Mr Watson (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway into 5th 2f out, ridden in 3rd and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Balnaslow (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f NH flat gs in Apr.
Our Golden Boy (IRE) 80-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, behind when jumped badly right 5th, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Jackson Cage (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Siberian Sun (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, never a factor, 7th of 10, 24l behind Porgy (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Timesishard (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Rr mid div, prog 6th 4out, rddn in 4th 3out & went 2nd bef 2out, no ch with wnr in 3l 2nd when mstk last, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Oscatara (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Apr.
Valleyofmilan (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Prominent, ridden to chase winner 3 out, stayed on flat, no impression, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Lucky Vic (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jun.
Whispering Bob (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, headway over 7f out, weakened 1f out, 4th of 9, 17l behind Wintered Well (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in May.