Favourites have a poor record in the Thirsk Hunt Cup and unless the rains arrive in plenty of time the jolly in most forecast lists, Medici Pearl, looks like being another losing market leader, and we prefer the claims of one of Dandy Nicholls' trio BENCOOLEN. The Daylami gelding stays 10f and should get the strong pace that he will undoubtedly need here. He does have to overcome a car park draw, but Adrian Nicholls can kick him out and gets across somewhere near the front for a sustained effort up the home straight and we are prepared to side with him. Medici Pearl would be more strongly considered if the ground turned soft, while stablemate Charlie Tipple prefers it quicker and may well be a player from stall nine over a trip that is ideal. On both counts, however, the lean spell for their trainer Tim Easterby remains a concern. Both The Osteopath and stablemate Osteopathic Remedy would want cut in the ground to be seen to best effect, while Flawed Genius comes from a stable going well enough and has his easiest task at the weights for some time, so he is worth a market check. Wasp can still be competitive from today's mark if he copes with a poor draw, while Just Bond has the inside rail and some very solid form in his favour and is much respected. Bencoolen can land the feature.
Mangham (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Led far side, headed 3f out, weakened quickly, last of 20, 37l behind Manassas (9-7) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Mar.
Majuro (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders until weakened over 2f out, 14th of 23, 19l behind Extraterrestrial (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) sft in Apr.
Medici Pearl 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division, not clear run over 2f out, soon ridden and headway, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 23, 1l behind Extraterrestrial (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) sft in Apr.
Kings Point (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden and lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 10l behind Mister Hardy (8-9) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Apr.
Bencoolen (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Led, headed 8f out, chased leaders, ridden 3f out, gradually weakened from over 1f out, 13th of 20, 11l behind Duncan (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Apr.
Summon Up Theblood 20-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, wide and in touch over 6f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 10, 25l behind Irish Mayhem (9-0) at Great Leighs 1m 3yo hcp (2) pol in Sep.
Webbow (IRE) 9-2fav (9-8) Taken to post early, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 13, 10l behind Oat Cuisine (8-11) at Newmarket 1m hcap (3) gf in Sep.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Dwelt, ridden over 3f, never troubled leaders, 9th of 10, 10l behind Quest For Success (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in Apr.
Wasp (AUS) 8-1 (8-12) Slowly away, headway approaching 3f out, soon one pace, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Abbondanza (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Mar.
The Osteopath (IRE) 18-1 (9-2) Mid-division stand side, ridden over 3f out, kept on final 2f, 9th of 21, 6l behind Manassas (9-7) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Mar.
Ansells Pride (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 8l behind Stone Of Scone (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Apr.
Ilie Nastase (FR) (9-1) 2nd of 16, hd behind Roi (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 1m 1f stks in Aug.
Green Park (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Always behind, 19th of 20, 7l behind Judge 'n Jury (9-6) at Doncaster 5f hcap (2) gd in Oct.
Flawed Genius 3-1fav (9-2) Held up, ridden over 2f out, hung left and one pace final 2f, 6th of 10, 6l behind Quest For Success (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in Apr.
Charlie Tipple 3-1 (9-4) With leaders, ridden well over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Wovoka (8-9) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Apr.
Just Bond (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Held up, headway 3f out, stayed on well final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Billy Dane (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.