A big field here, from which the only one really to have any appeal is CARLTON SCROOP, but a case could be made for Ramvaswani and Bold Adventure. The selection has won off a higher mark than this previously, but not over this trip, at which he's been placed once, and that was on his penultimate outing. He's more used to racing at up to a mile and a half, but in this company he should be able to get the longer distance. Bold Adventure landed two legs of a hat-trick here nearly 18 months ago, but again it was over a shorter distance. Ramvaswani is 0 from 33, so hardly encouraging, but he showed up well when runner up at Southwell recently in his first flat outing for a year. He was then down the field when attempting to follow up here, but the longer trip should suit more. He looks to be the pick of the two Neil King runners. Global Traffic has only tried this trip once before in more than 30 outings; a winner here over shorter, the step up in trip might be a concern. Any support for Brendan Duke's Openide would be interesting, another one returning to the flat, having his first all-weather outing for two years. Although failing to complete his last two races, he should get the trip as he's more used to chasing and hurdling. Getting the trip will be the negative about some of these, but the only one really in form at the moment is our selection, and that's Carlton Scroop.
Carlton Scroop (FR) 9-1 (9-5) Mid-division, good headway on inside to chase leader 2f out, every chance and pressed winner from over 1f out, always just held final furlong, 2nd of 9, nk behind Prince Charlemagne (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bold Adventure 7-2fav (9-7) Always behind, never a factor, 12th of 13, 27l behind Berry Baby (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Born West (USA) 28-1 (9-6) Ridden to lead after 1f, headed over 3f out, soon not much room and weakened, 9th of 12, 40l behind Prairie Hawk (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Fiddlers Ford (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, weakened 6f out, 5th of 7, 41l behind Riguez Dancer (9-12) at W'hampton 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Bolton Hall (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Started very slowly, latched onto rear group after 3f, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 15l behind Prairie Hawk (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ramvaswani (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Slowly away, always in rear, tailed off final 5f, 10th of 12, 45l behind Casablanca Minx (11-4) at W'hampton 1m 4f amt hcp (6) pol.
Global Traffic 16-1 (10-8) Close up, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 13, 22l behind Blue Hills (11-2) at Southwell 1m 6f amt hcp (6) fbs in Jan.
Mystified (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Prominent, effort over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 12l behind Danzatrice (9-0) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Openide 18-1 (9-4) Keen, held up in rear, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 22l behind Rutba (8-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sept.
Call Me Al (IRE) 11-2fav (9-10) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd straight, ridden 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 14, 5l behind Diamond Fire (9-2) at Dundalk 1m hcp 0-60 pol in Sept.
Conclave (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, weakened 3f out, 10th of 14, 17l behind Vincenzio Galilei (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f stk pol in May.
Oberlin (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, reminders halfway, soon beaten, 11th of 12, 33l behind Sea Cliff (9-2) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Inner Voice (USA) 11-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 3f out, no extra from 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 11l behind Green Mile (9-9) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp 0-60 gs in Aug.