Silverlord was handed a first win over hurdles by the last-flight fall of Dylan Ross at Down Royal last month. That was the first success of any description for Gordon Elliott's charge since March 2007 and he must be worth taking on here under a penalty. The vote, therefore, goes to KAOLAK who was a decent miler on the Flat but had been struggling to get home over hurdles prior to his second over this C&D 12 days ago - this sharp track undoubtedly play to his strengths. Jersey Boys has proved disappointing while Via Archimede may need this, but Raleigh Quay has won twice here on the Flat and could challenge for a place if his stamina holds out.
Silverlord (FR) 6-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway to dispute after 3 out, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, length down when left in lead last, kept on, won at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Falcon Island (11-7) by 3l, 20 ran.
Davy Boy Legend (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) In rear, weakened and reminders 8th, 13th of 16, 30l behind Torta Nel Cielo (10-9) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Dirleton (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 42l behind Danceintothelight (11-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Jersey Boys 50-1 (11-0) Held up, always in rear, 16th of 18, well behind Andhaar (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Kaolak (USA) 9-2 (11-5) Chased leader, led narrowly 3 out, hampered next, went right and stumbled last, soon headed, not recover, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind King Fingal (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.
Lisbon Lion (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Always in rear, 10th of 14, 44l behind Drussell (11-0) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Northern Acres 5-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 37l behind Jolly Roger (8-6) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) gs in Oct (flat).
Parc des Princes (USA) 50-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division on inside, weakened from 4 out, 13th of 16, 46l behind Darna (11-5) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Takaatuf (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway on outer before 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 15, well behind Wild Desert (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Via Archimede (USA) 8-1 (10-12) In touch in 4th, pushed along approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 47l behind Wind Shuffle (11-5) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Cool Baranca (GER) 125-1 (10-9) Towards rear, made some late modest headway, 7th of 14, 39l behind King Fingal (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.
Lambrini Lace (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Awkward start, held up in rear, headway halfway, soon tracking leaders, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, eased, last of 9, well behind No Complaining (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec (flat).
Raleigh Quay (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Always in rear, 13th of 16, 14l behind Sharp Sovereign (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct (flat).