Honour System won in France and Dubai on the Flat but hasn't shown a great deal so far over hurdles. Cape Explorer can be excused his run in the Triumph Hurdle, however, as he was only beaten a neck here on his hurdling debut. But the vote goes AAZIF, who is surely good enough to win a race like this on the evidence of his third in a well-contested handicap at Ascot last month when a number of previous winners were in arrears. It's more difficult to make a case for any of the remainder.
Bertielicious 100-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, took keen hold, weakened 7th, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Phoenix Returns (10-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Honour System (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, went moderate 4th after 2 out, stayed on to press for 2nd after last, no chance with easy winner, 4th of 12, 21l behind Red Courtier (11-0) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Aazif (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2 out, ridden to lead before last, headed last, 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Calculated Risk (11-12) at Ascot 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo) (3) gd in Apr.
Cape Explorer 100-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Our Conor (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar, 17 ran.
Optical High 20-1 (10-5) Behind, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 12, well behind Fair Loch (11-2) at Catterick 2m Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) gs in Feb.
Alimure 12-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, chased leaders halfway, under pressure 3 out, stayed on approaching last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 20l behind Seren Gris (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar '12.
Anjum (USA) 7-2 (11-7) Rr, prog to jn ldrs 4out, 4th 2out, wkning when fell last, in a race won by Kyle Ruby (11-7) at Templemore 3m ire ptp gd in Apr, 13 ran.
Billericay Allstar 100-1 (10-5) Pulled hard, soon prominent, led after 3f, headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, well behind Fair Loch (11-2) at Catterick 2m Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) gs in Feb.
Langley House (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division, struggling 7th, soon behind, tailed off 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Foundry Square (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Roxy Beat 9-2 (10-11) In touch, took keen hold, effort over 3f out, soon under pressure, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 28l behind Pair Of Jacks (11-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Stella Marris 250-1 (10-6) In rear, mistake first, jumped right next, behind when jumped right and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Walkabout Creek (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Sunset Song 6-1 (11-7) Sn wl bhnd; chsd wnr 3 out; wknd nxt, 2nd of 4, 30l behind Cool Star (12-3) at Hexham 3m ptp gd in Jun.