Lexi's Hero stole a march on his rivals when making all at Chester last time and another bold bid from the front looks on the cards, while Avonmore Star continues to run well without getting his head in front. Desert Law showed ability last year and could figure, but another lightly-raced sort in L'AMI LOUIS is preferred. He got off the mark at Salisbury last time, beating a subsequent winner, and Henry Candy's gelding looks capable of better still on his handicap debut. El Viento had Remotelinx behind when runner-up over C&D and is preferred to his stablemates What About You and Majestic Myles, while Apollo D'Negro could make the frame.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Made all, hard driven when strongly challenged over 1f out, ran on well, won at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Jamesie (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Bathwick Bear (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Chased leaders 4f, last of 9, 21l behind Elzaam (9-0) at Newbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Avonmore Star 7-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pulled hard, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, soon faded, 9th of 12, 5l behind Chilworth Lad (9-4) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) fm.
Majestic Myles (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 18, 8l behind Wootton Bassett (8-11) at York 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Aug.
Breedj (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leader until entering final 2f, held when short of room soon after, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 14l behind Seal Rock (8-6) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Apr.
Desert Law (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct beating Jinky (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Jack Smudge 20-1 (9-6) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, soon lost place, 11th of 13, 18l behind Lexi's Hero (9-7) at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
El Viento (FR) 11-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Seal Rock (9-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Remotelinx (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Keen tracked leading pair, ridden over 2f out, soon one pace, last of 4, 12l behind Seal Rock (9-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
What About You (IRE) 9-4 (9-3) Made all, clear 1f out, unchallenged, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Its You Again (9-3) by 5l, 12 ran.
L'ami Louis (IRE) 11-10fav (9-0) Made all, set strong pace, driven when strongly challenged entering final furlong, held on gamely (new track record), won at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (5) fm beating Foxtrot Hotel (9-0) by nk, 12 ran.
Forty Proof (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind Instance (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Apollo D'negro (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Sluggsy Morant (9-3) at Salisbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.