Several have claims in the opener including Doncaster runner-up Gylo and Just The Man, who just failed to catch the winner at Ludlow. Touchthesoul was no match for the winner over track and trip a week ago but KAMAXOS was beaten only a length at Hereford on his hurdling debut and first start for Roger Teal’s yard having failed to win on the Flat when trained in France. Clear of the rest on that occasion, he looks capable of winning at this level and gets the vote.
Belle Jour (IRE) (11-11) Mid-div, 7th from 5th, fell 6th, at Dromahane 3m mdn gs in Nov.
Gylo (IRE) Evensjfav (11-2) Led until after 1st, chased clear leader, led after 5th, ridden before last, headed flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Timberman (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 1f (4) gd in Mar.
Just The Man (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, just worse than mid-division, smooth progress before 3 out, going well 2 out disputing second, pushed along before last in clear second, not pace of winner final 110 yards, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Getaway Luv (11-6) at Ludlow 2m (4) gd in Mar.
Megamegawhitething (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Trckd ldrs til wknd 2f out, 5th of 6, 34 3/4l behind Classic Ruler (11-12) at Garthorpe 2m gd in Apr.
The Lords Walk 100-1 (11-4) Towards rear, some headway when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, dist behind Alborkan (10-12) at Plumpton 2m mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Touchthesoul (ITY) 11-4 (11-4) Mid-division on inside, steady headway tracking leaders approaching 4 out, 3rd after next, soon pushed along and one pace, left in modest 2nd and hit last, hung left run-in, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Alborkan (10-12) at Plumpton 2m mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Kamaxos (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd 3rd, led before 2 out, ridden and headed last, held flat, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Ambassador (11-0) at Hereford 2m mdn (4) gd in Mar.