1.15: Simply Gifted has done nothing wrong and fully deserves the weight. But the interesting proposition in receipt of 21lb is PREMIUM QUEST, who is best judged on his encouraging debut effort against Charlie's Gold and his win from the front at Market Rasen.
1.45: FOURTH IN LINE may have won only narrowly here last time, but the runner-up is no mug. He rates the bet getting 12lb from Storm Damage, who should go close after sound efforts at Kempton and Cheltenham.
2.15: Although the trip is wrong, the weights are right for GO-INFORMAL, who heads for the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham if coming through this test unscathed. Back from injury, he might outstay Blowing Wind and Master Beveled getting a very generous 12lb.
2.45: ISLAND CHIEF does not have the nigh-impossible task his place 17lb out of the handicap suggests. Back from injury with decent wins at Wetherby and Ayr, he can hold his own in this tougher league.
2.35: This trip looks too short for class act Prominent Profile, and highly-tried RENZO is a viable alternative.
3.05: MAKOUNJI would have a good chance at level weights and cannot be opposed off only 10st 2lb.
3.35: This is between KATARINO and Scarlet Pimpernel, the Henderson charge so impressive in his two British starts that he has to be the selection.
4.10: Dr Leunt and Mr Strong Gale deservedly head the betting, but CHIEF'S SONG is worth an interest at 20-1. The chief doubt is stamina, but he has been running on well at the end of his races at 2m4f.
4.40: There are big question marks over most in this field, and the vote goes to LORD JIM who did so well last term and was injured on his reappearance.Reuse content