An intriguing contest where narrow preference is for DIVERS who has a recent run for fitness under his belt; the shortlist of dangers is headed by Echo Point and Cast Iron Casey. The selection never looked like featuring on a recent comeback at Carlisle. Although his strike-rate leaves a little to be desired, he was generally progressive as a novice last season and the stable are just starting to find some form. Cast Iron Casey also had a good year and he was a valiant winner at Kelso last time out. His very best runs have arguably come over two miles, however he has won at this trip when chasing here before and looks an obvious player. Bijou Dan has a little to prove after his last run however he should come on for the run and along with Pagan Starprincess he gives trainer George Moore a strong hand. Pemberton was last seen in January when pulling up behind Walkon at Cheltenham but his yard are in good form and he looks intriguing, whilst course winner Echo Point receives little respite from the handicapper but cannot be overlooked despite top-weight. Quincey Des Pictons and Farmers Cross were both in good form when seen half a year ago, Brackenmoss drops in grade and encounters handicaps for the first time, whilst Moves Goodenough has stamina to prove and also well-being after a poor season on the flat. A very open race however it is Divers who can lead them home.
Echo Point (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) In touch, ridden 3 out, headway next, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 10, 12l behind South O'The Border (10-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr.
Pemberton 14-1 (11-7) Close up, effort 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Walkon (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Pagan Starprincess 50-1 (11-5) Towards rear, ridden 6th, well behind next, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Quevega (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Mar, 21 ran.
Moves Goodenough 100-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, some late progress, never a factor, 14th of 27, 27l behind American Trilogy (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Divers (FR) 6-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, ridden 3 out, no impresson, 8th of 12, 45l behind Whisky Magic (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Cast Iron Casey (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up, chased leaders 3 out, ridden to lead towards finish, won at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct beating Hawksbury Heights (10-5) by ns, 11 ran.
Bijou Dan 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, reminders after 7th, took closer order next, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bob 'n' You (10-3) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Oct, 11 ran.
Brackenmoss (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, hit 2nd, struggling from 7th, last of 6, well behind Tarablaze (11-9) at Haydock 3m 1f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Quincy Des Pictons (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 3 out, disputed lead flat, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Oconnells Pike (11-0) by shd, 13 ran.
Calculaite 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, challenged 2 out, one pace from last, 5th of 13, 5l behind Mcmurdo Sound (10-11) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gf in Sep.
Farmers Cross (IRE) 7-4fav (10-9) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, headway approaching 3 out, challenging approaching last, stayed on flat, always held, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Picot de Say (11-2) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Strobe 33-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, lost place from 4th, 11th of 12, well behind Whisky Magic (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.