PROVOST is our preferred option with Noche de Reyes and Kladester respected as dangers. Mick Easterby and Graham Gibbons have formed a solid partnership and its worth noting that the Irishman was aboard Provost when he was successful at Wolverhampton. He is just 3lb higher on a return to a course where he has obliged previously. Noche De Reyes hasn't been seen since November. If the market speaks favourably, it should not be ignored. Kladester is better known over seven but has showed enough to suggest that a mile will not be a problem. Croeso Cusan is quirky though not without ability. Jenny's Pride is off a feasible enough handicap mark at present although her win to run ratio says it all. The Johnsons won this last year and they are set to be represented by Navajo Joe. He dons a visor and tonguestrap for the first time. Provost makes most appeal in a race unlikely to require much in the way of winning.
Business Class (BRZ) 22-1 (8-9) Headway to track leader over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 10l behind Headache (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Navajo Joe (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Towards rear, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 12l behind Lujano (8-11) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Celtic Step 25-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, one pace final 2f, 9th of 18, 9l behind Come And Go (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Provost 20-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, towards rear, struggling from over 4f out, 9th of 13, 19l behind Shadowtime (9-0) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Kladester (USA) 9-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, plugged on final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Flores Sea (9-2) at Southwell 7f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Apr.
Croeso Cusan 25-1 (8-2) Prominent, took strong hold, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 12l behind Brockfield (8-8) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Noche de Reyes 40-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Head First (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Escardo (GER) 50-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 18l behind Iceman George (8-13) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (6) gd in May.
Kingaroo (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Mid-division, outpaced 4f out, kept on under pressure over 1f out, 6th of 11, 7l behind Scruffy Skip (9-9) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.
Jenny's Pride (IRE) 13-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Pretty Orchid (8-9) at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) sft in Apr.
Admirals Way 66-1 (7-11) Dwelt, headway to track winner over 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 7l behind Wotatomboy (8-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.