King Of Castile has not been faring too badly over longer trips of late but the best of his form has been at this trip and his chance is enhanced by Harry Challoner's claim which puts him in here with obvious claims. SPECIAL CUVEE is preferred though with Alison Thorpe having snapped up the champion jockey for her charge who has delivered solid efforts in handicap company in three of the last four outings. This looks far more straightforward down to the lowest grade. Ladies Best is another who should relish the drop in grade and rates the principal threat.
Hypnotic Gaze (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Not fluent, soon in rear, brief effort after 6th, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 34l behind Chrysander (11-2) at Ludlow 2m clm hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Ladies Best 9-2 (11-9) Pressed leader, led 2nd, headed before next, chased winner, mistake 7th, weakened approaching last where mistake, 5th of 6, 29l behind Bollywood (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Almolahek (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 8th before straight, soon no impression under pressure, 15th of 25, 20l behind Bobs Display (10-7) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Dec '09.
Jocheski (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, ridden after 9th, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 14, 19l behind Fade To Grey (11-6) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
King of Castile 25-1 (9-7) Towards rear, reminders 5th, stayed on from after 3 out, no chance with winner, 3rd of 11, 29l behind Dais Return (10-2) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Olympian Boy (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Held up in rear and keen, headway before 3 out, one pace from 2 out, 5th of 6, 10l behind Holoko Heights (11-12) at Towcester 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gf in May.
Special Cuvee 9-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, weakened last, 5th of 13, 20l behind O'Callaghan Strand (11-4) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.