MANIKON EROS is the selection in the finale with Batonnier and Kilmore West on the shortlist. Rebecca Curtis and Tony McCoy have had a very strong strike rate so it would be no surprise to see the Old Vic gelding assume the mantle of favouritism as a consequence. The breeding suggests that two miles will be sharp enough. Batonnier is a half-brother to a number of French winners so the market must be watched. Kilmore West produced a better effort at Chepstow earlier in the month though conditions will differ markedly here. Grandads Horse was bought very cheaply at the Cheltenham sales. His pedigree is certainly more flat led than the majority of his opposition. Santomina shaped with promise on a previous visit here though disappointed next time out. The market will offer most guidance though in the absence of it, we side with Manikon Eros.
Kilmore West (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Towards rear, headway 6f out, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Glitzy D'ocala (11-2) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy.
Manikon Eros (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Cloughan Girl.
Batonnier (FR) Spadoun gelding out of La Bazine.
Grandads Horse Bollin Eric gelding out of Solid Land.
Santamina (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) In touch, weakened 5f out, 7th of 16, 44l behind Kind Of Easy (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Seren Cwmtudu (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 11l behind Tanzanite Bay (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 1f N H flat (4) gd.