Victory Parade is the only one with chasing experience and concedes weight all round as a result of a convincing success at Wincanton. However, he's failed to complete in three of his six chases and made mistakes too when scoring in Somerset. He is clearly a risky proposition and GILWEN GLORY is taken as a value alternative in receipt of plenty of weight all round. She needs to be forgiven a below par effort here last time but does enjoy a course win to her name over timber. Markington has also disappointed in recent outings and Native Taipan arrives on the back of a substantial absence in a race with question marks hanging over the whole field.
Victory Parade (IRE) 6-4fav (12-0) Chased leader, dropped to last after 3rd, headway to 2nd at 7th, led 14th, ridden and headed 4 out, ridden and chance when mistake 2 out, over 1 length 2nd and looked held when fell last, in a race won by Foynes Island (11-7) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Apr, 4 ran.
Markington 16-1 (11-9) Prominent on outside, ridden and lost place 8th, tailed off, 10th of 15, well behind Willandrich (9-11) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Native Taipan (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, ridden 8th, soon struggling, behind next, 7th of 8, well behind Kilcrea Kim (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Gilwen Glory (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Towards rear, never dangerous, last of 6, well behind Am I Blue (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.