As is often the case in bumpers, there is not a lot of form for backers to go on and what can only be a tentative vote goes to Irish point winner MASTER MILAN, who makes his rules debut for the in-form Jonjo O'Neill stable and he may be worth chancing. Nicky Henderson does well with runners in this grade so Carabinier has to be considered but he disappointed on his Kempton debut. Royal Scoundrel and Vicpol have both won races but have a penalty to carry and a bigger threat may come from Sulpius, an American bred gelding, who makes his debut for Paul Nicholls. Practice Round looks the second best of Jonjo O'Neill's two runners behind Master Milan.
Royal Scoundrel (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led, headed 4f out, soon outpaced and no chance with leading pair, lost moderate 3rd over 1f out, 4th of 15, 21l behind Kartanian (11-7) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Vicpol (ITY) 80-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, went 2nd 5f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, ran on well, won at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun beating Whereveryougoigo (11-0) by 12l, 14 ran.
Carabinier (FR) 15-8fav (10-13) Keen held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 25l behind Fontano (10-10) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
El Padrino (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of Nova Rose.
Knight Pass (IRE) Accordion gelding out of Toulon Pass.
Loch Ba (IRE) Craigsteel gelding out of Lenmore Lisa.
Master Milan (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Mid div, 5th 1/2 way, 3rd 4out, 2nd 3out, ld bef last, kow flat, won at Athlacca 3m ire ptp fm in May, 10 ran.
Practice Round (IRE) Brian Boru gelding out of Slaney Athlete.
San Salito (FR) Sassanian gelding out of Lita.
Sire De Grugy (FR) My Risk gelding out of Hirlish.
Sulpius (GER) Tertullian gelding out of Suva.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) Pilsudski gelding out of Supreme Delight.