TED SPREAD hasn't raced since November but is still unexposed over hurdles and eased considerably in grade here. He's a course and distance winner and, with fitness unlikely to be an issue, may have the class to defy top weight. Ulys Du Charmil should also have more to offer and is from a yard in fine form while Cry of Freedom is tried in a visor after disappointing at Aintree and could figure. Nampour ran poorly at Cheltenham when gambled on last time, however, while Pearls Legend and Urcalin may find this too tough and Rajnagan and Laudatory are both returning from a break.
Ted Spread 6-1 (10-4) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway to mid-division soon after 5th, weakened 2 out, 10th of 15, 22l behind Raya Star (11-12) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Rajnagan (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, not always fluent, mistake 4 out, soon well behind, 5th of 8, 20l behind His Excellency (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs (2) gs in Oct.
Cry of Freedom (USA) 10-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, weakened from 2 out, 17th of 22, 33l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Laudatory 8-1 (11-5) Prominent, lost place 6th, no impression from 3 out, 6th of 11, 15l behind Vulcanite (11-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Ulys Du Charmil (FR) 15-8fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, led 2 out, clear from last, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr beating Desgrey (11-6) by 5l, 8 ran.
Knight In Purple 25-1 (10-13) Prominent, led before 2nd, headed and not fluent 4th, weakened before last, 7th of 11, 39l behind Starluck (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
Ugo (USA) 9-2 (10-12) Always in last place, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, last of 3, 34l behind Private Equity (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs 0-125 (4) gs in Apr.
Pearls Legend 13-2 (11-12) In touch in 5th on inside, went 2nd soon after 3 out, ridden and no impression on winner before next, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 18, 6l behind Benefit Cut (10-9) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Urcalin (FR) 10-1 (10-11) Towards rear, headway 6th, chased leaders 2 out, challenged on inside last, led flat, ridden out, won at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Cloudy Bob (11-6) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Nampour (FR) 5-2fav (10-3) Prominent, ridden after 3rd, ridden and lost place after next, well behind before 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Starluck (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gs in Apr.