Ghimaar has plenty of untapped potential but 2m on this sharp track won't play to his strengths and he is probably worth opposing after a long lay-off. Stablemate First In The Queue is also unexposed but has had his problems since winning at Huntingdon in March and got no further than the second flight at Punchestown last time. There's almost certainly more to come from Bangor third American Art and Looks Like Slim won at Plumpton and Wincanton before finishing second at Aintree but we'll stick with ROYAL MAX, who is an uncomplicated ride and won with a ton in hand at Wetherby nine days ago. He's 13lb higher now but Paul Bohan's claim negates 10lb of that and Ian Williams' five-year-old is fancied to make all again.
Ghimaar 1-3fav (11-5) Tracked leader, hit 2nd, led after 4th, headed 5th, led again 4 out, eased towards finished, readily, won at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul beating Lamboro Lad (11-5) by 2l, 5 ran.
Tout Regulier 13-2 (11-6) Led, 6 lenghts clear and going well when fell last, in a race won by Loch Dhu (9-11) at Aintree 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd, 10 ran.
Praxiteles (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, no impression from 3 out, 16th of 19, 41l behind Johnny McGeeney (10-0) at Punchestown 2m ext hcp hdl gd.
Maoi Chinn Tire (IRE) 66-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, never dangerous, 14th of 22, 31l behind Eradicate (11-5) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd.
First In The Queue (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mistake and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Street Entertainer (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo hdl gd, 13 ran.
Royal Max (IRE) 11-4fav (10-9) Made all, clear after 4 out, unchallenged, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd beating Weetfromthechaff (10-0) by 12l, 10 ran.
Maslak (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Led, hit 2nd, headed 3rd, chased leader, led briefly 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 6, 36l behind Woolcombe Folly (11-8) at Kempton 2m lstd nov hdl (1) gd in Oct '08.
American Art (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division on inside, headway 4 out, chased winner 2 out, soon ridden, kept on flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind King Ozzy (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd.
Looks Like Slim 5-1 (11-4) Tracked winner, not fluent 2nd or 4th, ridden to challenge 3 out, held final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Rumble Of Thunder (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd.
Callisto Moon 22-1 (11-11) Prominent, led 5th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, lost 2nd when blundered last, no extra, 4th of 8, 17l behind Speedy Directa (9-11) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.