MOST ELIGIBLE sets the standard here on his defeat of previous winner Billfromthebar over course and distance. David Pipe's charge had a bit in hand that day and may be capable of defying a penalty. Imperial Legacy was third here last month but newcomers Ressurection Bay and Alpetetim may represent a bigger threat. McCoy rides the latter for Flat trainer Stuart Kittow while the former is out of a dual hurdles winner and, being by Helissio, shouldn't be short of speed.
Most Eligible 3-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, challenged 4f out, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun beating Billfromthebar (11-9) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Forget And Forgive (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Mostly 3rd, 2nd & rdn 2out, 3rd from 2out & 2nd brfly but btn bef last, no ex on 1st 2 flat & just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Cork Citizen (11-4) at Bartlemy 3m ire ptp sft in May.
Imperial Legacy 50-1 (10-8) Held up, ridden 5f out, headway 3rd, rider dropped whip inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, no impression, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Little Dotty (10-1) at Worcester 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Nick The Dove (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Ran green towards rear, struggling 7f out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind High Stratos (10-10) at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Polden Prince Superior Premium gelding out of Maid Of Mischief.
Queenys King (IRE) Desert King gelding out of Midway.
Ressurection Bay Helissio gelding out of Coccinelle.
The Kings Assassin (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Assidua.
Alpetetim Proclamation gelding out of Krismick.
Primitive Dancing Bello Carattere gelding out of Primitive Dancer.
Grape Tree Flame 7-1 (11-0) Tried to run out & ur 2, in a race won by Red Myst (12-0) at Cumberland 3m ptp sft in May, 9 ran.
Squeeze Me 7-2 (11-7) Hdwy aft 8; led 2 out til hdd last; ro, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Crazy Chester (11-6) at Meynell & South Staffordshire 3m ptp gd in Jun.