Guilded Warrior ran well on his seasonal debut and is back on a winning mark, while Tewin Wood carried over his good form from the all-weather to win at Yarmouth last time and has leading claims despite a penalty. However, ZEBRANO's recent third behind subsequent Thirsk Hunt Cup second Snow Bay looks the best recent form on offer and Andrew Haynes' charge gets the vote to land this. Yes Chef has claims, while Tariq Too is open to improvement this year, but Beaver Patrol has done all his winning over shorter distances.
Guilded Warrior 9-2 (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Uncle Fred (8-12) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Merchant Of Medici 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp (0-90) (3) pol beating All Action (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Tewin Wood 5-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, held on gamely towards finish, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr beating Mashatu (9-0) by hd, 7 ran.
Zebrano 33-1 (8-9) Towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd last strides, 3rd of 20, 2 1/4l behind Snow Bay (9-4) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Apr.
Spa's Dancer (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, good headway on inside well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Tiradito (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Beaver Patrol (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Edgewater (11-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Tariq Too 7-2fav (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden and effort when hung right under pressure 2f out, kept on until one pace final furlong, no impression, 6th of 15, 10l behind Amethyst Dawn (9-7) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Yes Chef 4-1fav (8-8) Took keen hold, chased leaders, effort on outside and hung left 2f out, soon chased winner and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, nk behind Uncle Fred (8-12) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.