Howard's Legacy finally came good at Hereford having looked a tricky ride earlier. But Venetia Williams' charge may struggle to give 6lb to DUKE OF MONMOUTH, who has already gone close at Fontwell and Ffos Las and had no problem stepping up to this distance last time. On all known form, it's difficult to make a case for any of the others.
Howard's Legacy (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, led after 3 out, clear before last, ridden flat, kept on, won at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr beating Barton Stacey (11-0) by 5l, 13 ran.
Conn Man (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Chased leadrs, not fluent 4th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off when mistake last, 7th of 13, 41l behind Hindon Road (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Direct Approach (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Behind, soon ridden, never going after, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Earcomesthedream (10-10) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr, 13 ran.
Duke Of Monmouth (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, mistake 2 out, went 2nd last, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Seven Woods (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Royal Villan (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, tailed off 4th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gores Island (10-7) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec, 11 ran.
Spanish Optimist (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Mid-division, behind from 4th, not fluent 8th, soon went remote 4th, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Milarrow (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.