Maxi Chop has the form to win a race like this and is eased in grade. But he has questions to answer having been pulled up when favourite at Stratford at the end of May. There wouldn't be much between Paul Nicholls' charge and BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY on the book and the latter has the better recent form having finished a close-up fourth in a class 2 handicap at Worcester last month over 2m4f. Spa Hill has won a bumper and was placed four times in Ireland for previous connections but Starchaser looks modest and Phil Middleton's pair Con Forza and Exitas appear to have plenty to find.
An Poc Ar Buile (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Cl up, 6th aftr a mile, prog in 3rd when mstk 9th, cl 2nd 4out, rddn to ld 2out, hdd aftr 2out, wknd, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind What Happens Now (12-2) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp in May.
Big Bridge 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, fell 6th, in a race won by Sweet Deal (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun, 12 ran.
Bohemian Rhapsody (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge 2 out, soon every chance, led approaching last, headed soon after, no extra flat, 4th of 13, 6l behind Vulcanite (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf in Jun.
Con Forza (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 17l behind Alphabetical Order (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Exitas (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, went 3rd before last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Alphabetical Order (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
If And When 20-1 (12-0) Nvr nr to chall, 3rd of 12, 16l behind Stormbay Bomber (11-7) at North Herefordshire 3m ptp gs in May.
Mac Le Couteau 66-1 (10-11) In touch on outside, driven and lost place approaching 7th, soon ridden, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Koultas King (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Maxi Chop (FR) 11-8fav (10-12) Tracked leaders until weakened quickly after 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Chase The Wind (11-5) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May, 12 ran.
Singh Is King 50-1 (10-9) Rear of mid-division, headway over 4f out, hung right and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 20l behind Thistlecrack (10-9) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Spa Hill (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden into 4th entering straight, no impression on leaders 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 11l behind Moonlight Boy (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl in Apr.
Starchaser (USA) 12-1 (10-12) Led after 1f, driven and headed over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 29l behind Miss Mobot (10-2) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Darcey Diva 16-1 (10-11) Held up in last pair, headway approaching 5th, went 2nd after 3 out until before next, 4th and well held when mistake 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 8, 7l behind Enchanting Smile (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.