Ruler Of All has been thereabouts in this grade of late but is closely matched with Knight In Purple and Sud Pacifique on Wetherby running last month. Baccalaureate's hat-trick bid may be thwarted by a 13lb weight rise but there are possibilities about Scoglio and Flaming Arrow, who have both been in action on the Flat lately. SOLARAS EXHIBTION has also had a run on the level since being pulled up at Cheltenham and Tim Vaughan's charge is now just a pound higher than when beating Caravel in a better race at Ffos Las a year ago. He could be a bit of value at the likely odds, though recent course and distance second Thegaygardener is respected as he'll strip fitter today.
Ruler of All (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, took keen hold, jumped right 2nd, headway when hampered just after 3 out, drifted left to far rail flat, stayed on, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 1l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Knight In Purple 20-1 (11-6) Prominent, ridden and lost place 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Saint Roque (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd.
Baccalaureate (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Led until 2nd, led 4th, clear 2 out, stayed on well, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd beating Tinseltown (11-0) by 7l, 8 ran.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 6-4fav (11-9) Led, pressed 6th, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Fred Bojangals (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f clm hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Devil To Pay 10-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, kept on from last, 7th of 24, 11l behind Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs in Mar '12.
Sud Pacifique (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 2 out, stayed on, never on terms with leaders, 4th of 11, 8l behind Coffee (10-3) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gf.
Solaras Exhibition (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway from 3rd, ridden 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Starluck (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Scoglio 8-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, led before 2 out, ridden before last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Taste The Wine (9-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in May.
Flaming Arrow (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd or 5th, left 3rd 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Bow Badger (11-3) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Thegaygardener 5-1 (11-5) Held up behind, chased leading pair after 4 out, went 2nd next, kept on same pace, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 11, 22l behind Get Home Now (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Tom Wade (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Mid-division, headway 5th, went close 3rd 3 out, went 2nd and still not asked for effort last, ridden and no response flat, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Planetoid (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Gud Day (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up on outside, headway after 4th, went 2nd 6th, ridden and hung left approaching 2 out, soon beaten lost 2nd before last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Baccalaureate (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Teak (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, pushed along before 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 19th of 21, well behind Buck Magic (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.