Robert The Painter had been running in Dubai prior to finishing third in the Lincoln but races off the same mark here and can't be ignored. Roserrow will take some pegging back if allowed an easy lead while Croquembouche and Malicho both enjoyed success last season, though the latter is having his first start for a new yard here. LORD AERYN hasn't won for a while but ran a cracker for fifth in the Irish Lincoln on his reappearance and is weighted to reverse Ripon running last year with Robert The Painter - his day may have come around again. Multi Bene is preferred to Woody Bay of the others.
Robert The Painter (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Ocean Tempest (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Edmaaj (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, challenged 3f out, led 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, held on, won at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug '12 beating Scrapper Smith (9-3) by ns, 13 ran.
Multi Bene 9-1 (9-10) Chased leaders in 5th, led over 1f out, soon clear, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep beating Dixie's Dream (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Roserrow 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders in 4th, lost place over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind String Theory (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Croquembouche (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Led and set strong pace, clear 8f out until over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on until no extra and headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Ennistown (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Malicho (8-8) won at Royan(FR) 1m 4yo stk gd in Sep beating Dharan Bazar (8-8) by hd, 5 ran.
Lord Aeryn (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Ran loose before start, chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 21, 5l behind Stuccodor (9-9) at Curragh 1m Premier Handicap (4yo+) in Mar.
Woody Bay 9-2 (8-9) Held up in touch on outside, effort to chase leaders 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Off The Pulse (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.