The consistent MON CHEVALIER makes most appeal. He's won twice this year already and a close-up second at Stratford last week suggest he can win off today's mark especially as he's reunited with winning partner Michael Nolan. Ormus was still in contention when falling at the last at Sedgefield on his return from a lengthy lay-off. If fully recovered, he looks sure to be in the firing-line while Red Kingdom has been in better form of late though stablemate Endeavor makes more appeal after a decent effort on his chasing bow at Kelso.
Mon Chevalier (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, ridden to lead after 2 out, stayed on until headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind City Ground (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Knockavilla (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, with leader 4th, ridden and weakened from 4 out, last of 8, well behind Lord Villez (10-11) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Oola Lad (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tr ldrs, 2nd 1/2way, no extra from 2out, 5th of 7, 24l behind Sharekan (11-4) at Tallanstown 3m ire ptp gf in Apr.
Ormus 14-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway to challenge 2 out, led narrowly when fell last, in a race won by Highland Love (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in May, 9 ran.
Endeavor 12-1 (10-7) Towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, disputing close 2nd 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 10, 11l behind Swift Arrow (11-6) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Red Kingdom (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 9th, mistake 3 out, kept on same pace from last, no impression, 5th of 13, 6l behind Gougane (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Bob Will (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Held up, mistake and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by La Pantera Rosa (10-13) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in May, 11 ran.