Conor Dore's Satindra has been running consistently well of late and should be thereabouts again having been dropped 1lb since his last three starts but a better bet looks to be MY CONDOR, who gets the vote over Great Tsar. The last mentioned makes his debut for Tim Vaughan today and has to be respected given the trainer's record with other handler's former horses. His jockey is also able to claim a valuable 3lbs as he is riding for his own yard and the five-year-old makes more appeal than Michael Chapman's Peak Seasons, who has been well held in recent starts. Secret Cavern was not beaten far by Red Jester at Warwick last time and he has to be considered but seems too high in the weights at the moment and preference is for My Condor. Don McCain's gelding has shown improved form of late and with Brian Toomey able to claim an additional 3lbs because he is riding for his own yard, he looks the one to beat.
My Condor (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Led, soon clear, not fluent 6th, joined from 4 out, headed and weakened flat, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Incorporation (10-5) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Great Tsar (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Mid-division, mistakes 9th and 10th, ridden 13th, weakened 5 out, 10th of 17, well behind Tarsus (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Satindra (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, blundered and lost place 7th, hampered on bend soon after, mistake 8th, left third last, stayed on flat, 3rd of 14, 6l behind R'Cam (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp 0-90 (5) gd.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) Blundered 1st, soon in touch chasing group, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 4th of 8, 18l behind Red Jester (11-3) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Secret Cavern (USA) 18-1 (10-0) Held up, headway 3 out, chased winner before next, soon ridden and no impression, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Red Jester (11-3) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Present 16-1 (9-10) Towards rear, some late headway, never nearer, 4th of 11, 12l behind Amazing Valour (11-6) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.
Dasher Reilly (USA) 25-1 (9-13) In touch, on inside when fell 3rd, in a race won by Pelo Du Bief (10-0) at Southwell 3m hcp 0-100 (4) gf, 9 ran.