One for the aficionados but GALBALLY KING has a fine record of eight wins and two seconds from 17 outings between the flags, allied to which he was a respectable runner-up in this contest last year behind Realt Ag Leimt, beaten less than three lengths. He confirmed his wellbeing with a close-up third at Fontwell recently and is taken to go one better this time around. Blazing Whale has performed creditably on his last two starts under Rules and his latest effort when fourth at Cheltenham indicated that this two furlong drop in trip will suit well. Moroman could be a livelier danger though as he's in excellent form between the flags and was still going strong when coming to grief at Fakenham when last seen under Rules last month.
Banksandditches (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Ap; led 15; ro wl, won at 18/05 West Norfolk 3m ptp gd beating Bubbles Classic (12-0) by 4l, 4 ran.
Blazing Whale 6-1 (11-9) Mid-division, tracked leaders 15th, challenged on outside 3 out, ridden and effort next, ridden and no impression with front pair between last 2, lost modest 3rd flat, 4th of 11, 19l behind Sharp Suit (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hts chs (4) gs in Apr.
Fitz Volonte 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leader after 1st until before 8th, outpaced 4 out, rallied last, one pace flat, 4th of 12, 6l behind Ladfromhighworth (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hts chs (6) gd.
Galbally King (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Took keen hold, led, not fluent 3 out, headed 2 out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Ladfromhighworth (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hts chs (6) gd.
Larkhall 9-1 (12-0) Held up; wknd 3 out; pu nxt, in a race won by She's Real (11-7) at 18/05 Melton Hunt Club 3m ptp gd, 8 ran.
Moroman (IRE) 4-6 (12-0) Made all; drew clr 2 out; rdly, won at Kimblewick 3m ptp gd beating Arkendale (12-0) by 10l, 5 ran.
Oh Toodles (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Prsd ldrs; no ex 2 out, 2nd of 8, 5l behind She's Real (11-7) at 18/05 Melton Hunt Club 3m ptp gd.
Sitting Back (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Held up; gd hdwy 7; led 15; easy, won at 18/05 Grafton 3m ptp gf beating Mad Moll (11-7) by 6l, 11 ran.
Shanann Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, jumped left and not fluent 2nd, led 4 out, headed 3 out, no impression on winner from last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Double Mead (11-13) at Fontwell 3m 2f mares hunt chs (6) gd.