This is generally won by a three-year-old but Adam's Ale almost pulled off a shock victory at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago and looks certain to get into the shake-up. Lord Ashley didn't show much on his debut at Leicester a year ago but he's the type to do better this season though it will be a surprise if he can trouble NORDIKHAB after such a long absence. The latter looks the one to be on after several fine efforts in his first campaign and his overall form will make him difficult to beat. Teetotal has found testing conditions against him on his most recent starts and today's ground should prove ideal.
Adam's Ale 40-1 (9-12) Prominent, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Lexington Place (9-0) at Newcastle 6f mdn stks (5) gs.
Compton Heights 18-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 9l behind Lexington Place (9-0) at Newcastle 6f mdn stks (5) gs.
Red Baron (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Silca's Dream (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Grey Destiny 33-1 (9-3) Awkwardly away, ran green, in rear and raced alone towards stands side, ridden and outpaced when edged left over 2f out, lost touch over 1f out, last of 9, 35l behind Burning Blaze (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Jul.
Lord Ashley (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Dwelt tracked leaders, short lived effort 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 12l behind Lyric Ace (9-3) at Leicester 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Apr '12.
Mr Snooks 6-1 (8-13) Slowly away raced wide, headway to be close up after 2f, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 14l behind Eutropius (9-13) at Southwell 7f mdn auc stks (6) fbs.
Nordikhab (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Grey Street (8-6) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Teetotal (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Edith Anne (8-13) at Redcar 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
The Nifty Blaze Firebreak gelding out of Nifty Alice.
Amanda Wolf (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 2f, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 5, 11l behind Hot Right Now (8-12) at Southwell 1m mdn fll (5) fbs.
My Claire 33-1 (8-7) Behind, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 8, 12l behind Flawless Beauty (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.
Pastureyes 11-2 (8-12) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 18l behind Polish Crown (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn fll (5) pol in Mar.
Val's Diamond (IRE) 80-1 (8-8) Always in rear, last of 10, 21l behind Almalekiah (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.