Edmaaj has been a big disappointment over hurdles as he won three times on the Flat on soft ground so has had conditions in his favour so far. Jockey bookings suggest EVEN IF is the stable selection and he should improve on his comeback fourth behind The Skyfarmer at Newton Abbot so gets the nod as French import Sir Valentino has a long absence to overcome while winning pointer King Rolfe disappointed when favourite for a bumper at Hexham in April. Qasser and Tweedle Dee may be capable of better.
Bayley's Dream 10-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 7f out, ridden over 4f out, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 25l behind Meadowcroft Boy (10-12) at Ayr 2m nhf (2) gd in Apr.
Cool Fantasy (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) In touch, weakened before 5th, 10th of 14, 50l behind Argaum (11-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Edmaaj (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway before 3f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 17, 24l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Errol Flynn (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Left in lead 2nd, jumped slowly 4th, headed 6th, chased leader until weakened soon after 3 out, well behind when mistake next, 5th of 9, well behind Riptide (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf in Oct '09.
Even If 7-1 (10-12) With leader, led 4th, headed before 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, no extra from last, 4th of 6, 10l behind The Skyfarmer (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd.
Forget And Forgive (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, one pace, 5th of 11, 6l behind Squeeze Me (10-8) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
King Rolfe (IRE) 7-4fav (11-1) Held up mid-division, headway halfway, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 25l behind Simarthur (10-11) at Hexham 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Qasser (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division on outside, not fluent 1st or 5th, headway after 6th, chasing leaders next, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 9, well behind Saint Thomas (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Saffron Prince 10-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, held up in touch, hampered on inside 5f out, weakened soon after, 6th of 7, 19l behind Avidity (10-3) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Sir Valentino (FR) (9-2) 6th of 12, 5l behind Motivation (8-12) at Chateaubriant(FR) 1m 5f 3yo mdn sft in Apr '12 (flat).
Spunky 33-1 (10-8) Soon mid-division, no impression from before 2 out, 16th of 20, 36l behind Boss's Star (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Whispering Bob (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, struggling when mistake 6th, 13th of 14, well behind Kings Lad (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs in Nov.
Tweedle Dee 50-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, outpaced next, no impression before 2 out, 6th of 14, 20l behind Timesremembered (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.