Tinelyra has been in good form over course and distance lately but has gone up another 5lb since his latest second. Alba King is woefully out of sorts while Missionaire often flatters to deceive but there are possibilities about Southwell runner-up Umustbejoking and Morestead has the ability to figure if in the mood. Beauchamp King won this back in 2010 and was third two years ago so can't be ruled out after a recent second over track and trip, though was well behind Tinelyra earlier. REGAL ONE is not an easy ride and has been frustrating in general but he still had every chance when making a meal of the third-last in a better race at Plumpton last month and a clear round could see him in the firing-line here.
Regal One (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, lost 3rd 8th, chased leading trio, one pace and no impression from 3 out, 4th of 7, 26l behind The Informant (10-2) at Plumpton 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Tinelyra (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 6th, ridden before 2 out, chased winner before last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Grand Article (10-0) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Chance Encounter (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Tended to jump left, led, headed before 3 out, lost 2nd 3 out, chased leading pair until 2 out, soon beaten, left in modest 3rd and hampered last, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Barrison (10-0) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Umustbejoking (FR) 3-1fav (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on to go 2nd after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Tayarat (10-3) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Alba King (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Held up in rear, slow 6th, weakened 5 out, last of 6, 42l behind Tayarat (10-3) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Missionaire (USA) 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 4 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 9, 25l behind Tinelyra (11-0) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Morestead (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) With leader, led before 4th, hit 9th, ridden and headed before 4 out, plugged on one pace before 3 out, no impression, 4th of 9, 10l behind Malibu Sun (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Autumm Spirit 25-1 (11-2) Led, raced wide, clear 3rd until 7th, headed after 12th, weakened before 3 out, pulled after 3 out, in a race won by Salut Honore (11-2) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Trifollet 20-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway 4th, ridden and lost place after 13th, no impression after, 5th of 11, 23l behind Cypress Grove (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Beauchamp Viking 25-1 (10-0) Led, headed 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Wicklewood (9-9) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
West Bay Hoolie 50-1 (10-0) In rear, unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Red Whisper (10-7) at Towcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 9 ran.