Life And Soul was a fair sort on the Flat and hasn't done a great deal wrong over hurdles so far. He seems sure to be in the firing-line again here but may lack the speed of FAIR TRADE. Alan King's charge finally came good at Wincanton last week and should be good enough to defy his penalty. Sea Lord was eight lengths behind Life And Soul at Catterick in January but will have needed that run and there might not be much to choose between the pair today. It will be a surprise if the winner comes from outside these three.
Fair Trade 1-2fav (11-0) In touch, headway after 3rd, left in lead approaching 2 out, clear before last, stayed on strongly, won at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd beating Imperial Stargazer (10-9) by 14l, 7 ran.
Ballycool (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, hmapered 2nd, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 14th of 20, well behind Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Dicey Vows (USA) 33-1 (8-13) Took keen hold and held up towards rear, saddle slipped over 8f out, short lived effort on inside over 2f out, 11th of 12, 21l behind Scary Movie (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar (flat).
Life And Soul (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, in touch, joined leader 4th, led before 3 out, ridden next, headed between last 2, 4th and one pace last, kept on flat, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Mar.
Sea Lord (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Only Orsenfoolsies (10-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Snow Alert 150-1 (11-3) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up after next, in a race won by Buthelezi (11-7) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 15 ran.
Tukitinyasok (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, well behind Jimmie Brown (10-6) at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.
Xclaim 20-1 (10-2) Disputed lead early, tracked leader, lost place over 4f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Lexington Bay (10-9) at York 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct (flat).
Presenting Juno (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, under pressure over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 11, 44l behind Springinherstep (10-12) at Southwell 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jul.
Rattlin 25-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th, slipped on bend after next, weakened from 8th, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Danvilla (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Squealy Keely 66-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway halfway, chased leaders over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 13, 39l behind Mayfair Music (10-7) at Fakenham 2m mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (5) gd.
Alicesam 50-1 (10-1) Held up mid-division in 4th, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 24l behind Bypass (10-1) at Catterick 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Mar.
Miss Macnamara (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Always behind, 9th of 13, 27l behind Swaledale Lad (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.