The handicapper appears to have done winning pointer That Beats Banaher few favours and he's 0-16 under Rules. Marufo has been looking a spent force in hunter chases but Georgian King found improvement recently when second to Danandy at Worcester and High Ron won over course and distance two runs ago before struggling on an easier surface at Wetherby. THE MAGIC BISHOP hasn't won for a while but came right back to form at Wetherby in April when only going down by a short-head. He's well treated on his best form and should take all the beating here if a short break hasn't blunted his edge.
High Ron 5-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders until not fluent 3rd, not that fluent after, mistake and well beaten from 14th, 5th of 7, 31l behind Fentara (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in May.
That Beats Banaher (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Led 2 til hdd app 9; outpcd 15, 4th of 8, 42l behind Done A Runner (12-0) at Meynell & South Staffordshire 3m ptp gd.
Marufo (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway when blundered 9th, in touch 11th, led approaching 3 out, headed soon after, wekened before next, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Doctor Kingsley (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (4) gs in Apr.
The Magic Bishop 11-1 (10-5) In rear, headway before 4 out, switched left before 2 out, stayed on to take 2nd close home, 2nd of 9, hd behind Everaard (10-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Georgian King 33-1 (10-10) Jumped left, raced wide in rear, hung left from 4 out, went 3rd after 5 out, stayed on into 2nd flat, one pace, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Danandy (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May.