There are 19 runners in this race.
|4||9||4 Major Jumbo
Made a winning reappearance at Newmarket prior to finishing hot on the heels of El Astronaute in C&D handicap 9 days ago. Clearly an improved performer this season and another bold show anticipated.
|2 ||Cameron Noble||Kevin Ryan||8/1||7.5/1||7|
|5||9||5 El Astronaute
Multiple winner last year and looked better than ever when opening 2018 account over C&D recently (several of these rivals behind). 3 lb rise may be enough to prevent another victory, though.
|2 ||Jason Hart||John Quinn||8/1||9/1||11|
|4||9||15 Carlton Frankie
Form dipped following bright start to last season but underwent wind surgery during the winter and close fourth to El Astronaute on recent C&D reappearance. Leading contender.
|2 ||Nathan Evans||Michael Easterby||8/1||9/1||11|
|6||10||6 Final Venture
Held his own in group/listed company last year and far from disgraced when fifth of 19 in C&D handicap 10 days ago. 2 lb lower now and has to enter calculations.
|2 ||Rob Hornby||Paul Midgley||10/1||11/1||9|
|5||9||9 Edward Lewis
Won twice in 2017 and also second in competitive handicap here at the Ebor meeting. Not beaten far when fifth to El Astronaute over C&D 9 days ago and should be on the premises once again.
|2 ||Daniel Tudhope||David O'Meara||10/1||11/1||9|
|5||20||2 Mr Lupton
Successful off 4 lb higher at Newmarket last term and not beaten far when sixth in this years renewal of that handicap. Drop back to 5f a slight concern but respected nonetheless.
|2 ||Tony Hamilton||Richard Fahey||11/1||13/1||15|
|4||7||7 Dakota Gold
Did little wrong in 2017 and shaped as though coming to hand when third at Thirsk last weekend. Form figures here read 12 and this 4-y-o has to be high on the shortlist.
|2 ||Connor Beasley|| Michael Dods||11/1||11/1||0|
|9||15||1 Duke Of Firenze
C&D winner last spring and fine fourth in the Abbaye at Chantilly on final start of 2017. Better than bare result on return at Chester and, likely to strip fitter this time, hes one to consider.
|3 ||Harry Bentley||David C Griffiths||12/1||15/1||20|
|4||15||8 Jumira Bridge
Winner of first 2 starts last season and solid start this time round when runner-up at Kempton (5f). However, failed to fire in cheekpieces at Lingfield recently and now tried in a hood.
|3 ||Kevin Stott||Robert Cowell||16/1||21/1||24|
Consistent in 2017 and stepped up on initial efforts this season when going close at Lingfield (5f, good to firm) recently. However, career-best needed if hes to emerge on top here.
|3 ||Lewis Edmunds||Robert Cowell||16/1||15/1||7|
Classy sprinter in his pomp but hasnt got his head in front since landing the 2015 Abbaye.
|3 ||Eoin Walsh||Robert Cowell||20/1||21/1||5|
|6||14||17 Shepherd's Purse
Has found just one too good on 2 of his 3 starts since joining this yard. On the flipside, losing run stretches back almost 2 years. Cheekpieces refitted.
|4 ||Edward Greatrex||David Loughnane||22/1||26/1||15|
|5||9||11 East Street Revue
Notched second C&D victory in October but behind several of these on recent reappearance and probably in the handicappers grip for now.
|2 ||Duran Fentiman||Tim Easterby||22/1||34/1||35|
|4||5||12 Batten The Hatches
Winner of Redcar handicap last June prior to chasing home Dakota Gold here the following month. Not knocked about when returning to action on Monday and should be sharper now.
|3 ||David Allan||David Barron||22/1||23/1||4|
Just lost out in 5f Newcastle handicap on return/first run since rejoining this yard in March. Not disgraced under the circumstances at Chester next time but others preferred all the same.
|3 ||Graham Lee||Bryan Smart||25/1||26/1||4|
|7||11||19 Desert Ace
Back in winning groove at Beverley (5f, good to firm) recently but this is much tougher and hes 2 lb wrong at the weights.
|5 ||Aaron Jones||Paul Midgley||33/1||34/1||3|
Won 3 times last season, including C&D handicap in July. Below par both subsequent starts, though, including on return here 9 days ago.
|2 ||Rachel Richardson||Tim Easterby||33/1||41/1||20|
Did well last season, winning 3 times and also posted several good efforts in defeat. Hasnt shown much spark so far this year, though, and needs to bounce back.
|2 ||Paddy Mathers||Richard Fahey||33/1||26/1||27|
|5||10||18 Quick Look
Ended last year on the up, winning at Catterick and Nottingham. Good second in big-field at Ripon 3 starts back but well held over 6f here last time and connections now reach for a visor.
|2 ||Cam Hardie||Michael Easterby||33/1||41/1||20|