Harry Tricker is a horse to watch in the betting however SQUADRON's form stacks up better than Lego blocks and he gets the vote ahead of Khyber Kim and the unbeaten Prince Taime. Alan King's gelding has already had a profitable season and was in the process of running a very big race in the Greatwood at Cheltenham when hampered jumping the second last. That was enough for him to lose momentum but what that run did show was that he can be competitive off this mark of 137. Khyber Kim returns to the track and he is a talented gelding. He was put in his place but Captain Cee Bee and Pierrot Lunaire last season but he could go on to better things this season for his new yard. Khachaturian is game and is not to be taken lightly from the front but he looks high enough in the weights, Luxurix is unexposed and represents powerful connections, whilst Pires and Finns Cross are two Irish runners to be wary of. Prince Taime is yet to taste defeat; all three of his wins have come at small tracks but whilst this is a massive step up in class, a big run would not be a huge surprise. Hot Diamond is consistent and is likely to run his race again, however it is Squadron who can fly home.
Khyber Kim 16-1 (11-5) Held up, not fluent 1st, mistake 4th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 14, 24l behind Pierrot Lunaire (10-8) at Aintree 2m nov hdl Grd 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Squadron 7-1 (11-2) In touch, led briefly approaching last, close 3rd when not much room at flight, one pace flat, 4th of 12, 5l behind Numide (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) sft.
Finns Cross (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) In rear, ridden after 4 out, soon no impression, 10th of 14, 25l behind Dariak (10-11) at Tralee 2m 1f hcp hdl gs in Sept.
Khachaturian (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and headed 4 out, kept pressing leaders, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 10, 15l behind Hell's Bay (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Pires 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway from 4 out, 3rd travelling well entering straight, soon ridden, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 22, 21l behind Mythical Prince (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Light Yield (USA) 11-2 (10-7) Prominent, ridden 2 out, 3rd and outpaced between last 2, not fluent last, kept on flat, 2nd of 19, 2l behind Katies Tuitor (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr.
Prince Taime (FR) 9-4 (11-5) Held up, ridden and outpaced after 5th, stayed on to lead last, all out and joined on line, won at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr deadheating with Matuhi (11-5), 12 ran.
Luxurix (FR) 12-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 10l behind Group Captain (11-11) at Exeter 2m 1f lst nov hdl (1) gs in Feb.
Helens Vision 7-2fav (11-10) Led, ridden and headed soon after 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 14, 13l behind Take The Breeze (11-4) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Harry Tricker 16-1 (10-4) Towards rear, steady headway after 4th, ridden and weakened 2 out, 8th of 12, 23l behind Crack Away Jack (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Hot Diamond 11-8 (10-12) Prominent, headway and led 6th, ridden approaching last, soon headed, weakened flat, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Thundering Star (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (3) gs.
Stripe Me Blue 8-1 (10-6) In touch, jumped right 3rd, ridden 7th, weakened 3 out, 7th of 15, 30l behind Wind Instrument (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Mar.
Cornas (NZ) 6-1 (10-6) Mid-division, effort on outside to chase leaders approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 5th of 14, 4l behind Art Professor (10-10) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd.
Arctic Wings (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Held up, keen, in rear when fell 4 out in race won by Crack Away Jack (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Maraafeq (USA) 16-1 (11-8) Chased leader, led 4th, hit 7th, headed just before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 22, 13l behind Andytown (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft.