Orsipuss is 2lb higher than when winning last year's renewal but is fit from hurdling and should go well. Cloudy Spirit is 5lb higher than when scoring over today's trip at York last season and KAZBOW has been raised a further 7lb after winning over a longer trip here last time. However, that may not be enough to prevent Richard Ford's charge landing a four-timer if he gets his own way up front and he's preferred to Art History. The latter went close when stepped up to 2m at Wolverhampton recently while Herostatus is back on a winning mark and could also figure with a comeback run at York under his belt.
Art History (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Prominent, lost place over 5f out, rallied over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, held by leading pair towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Bradbury (8-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Herostatus 40-1 (9-6) Raced wide close up, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 8th of 18, 2 3/4l behind Cousin Khee (9-1) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Kazbow (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Made all, clear from 3f out, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr beating Stickleback (8-1) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Orsippus (USA) 33-1 (9-9) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 16, 14l behind Daneking (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Cloudy Spirit 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 15, 14l behind Well Sharp (9-7) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Eagle Rock (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 17, 6l behind Nanton (10-1) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Tartan Jura 10-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Big Time Billy (8-6) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Mubrook (USA) 8-1 (8-13) With leader, led over 6f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 7l behind Cosmic Sun (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Kayef (GER) 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along over 3f out, kept on same pace, lost 3rd place close home, 4th of 8, 4l behind Italian Riviera (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Nashville (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, chased leaders well over 2f out, faded approaching final furlong, 4th of 12, 8l behind Miss Macnamara (8-13) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.