A small field to face the starter for this beginners' chase and there was little to choose between most of them on hurdles form, but the stand out was MASSASOIT, who gets the vote. The Paul Nicholls-trained runner loves to get his toe in and performed extremely well over hurdles, where he was just below top class in novice company. This trip looks ideal for his introduction to chasing, he is sure to have been well schooled, and he can making a winning debut. Burton Port also has conditions to suit, and while he was around a stone inferior to the selection over the smaller obstacles, he was a very decent performer and can go well. Comhla Ri Coig was good enough to finish runner-up in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in the spring and he stays at least this far and acts on the ground. With the yard going well he can too. Latanier would want more rain to be seen to best effect, as all three of his wins have come on heavy ground, but he stays well and adds to the strength of this contest. Our Hero may just be a little out of his depth but is not a bad performer, while Al Co will enjoy conditions and is something of an unknown quantity after just one hurdling start for the Jonjo O'Neill camp, so a market check is definitely advised. Massasoit gets the vote in a good contest.
Burton Port (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Held up, chased leader after 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, kept on, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Quinz (10-8) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Comhla Ri Coig 100-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, chased winner 2 out, hanging left and every chance last, not quicken flat, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Ogee (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Latanier (FR) 28-1 (10-10) In touch, headway to join leader 6th, led next, headed 3 out, weakened next, 9th of 16, 27l behind Elzahann (10-5) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Massasoit (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, headway when hit 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 10l behind Tarablaze (11-9) at Haydock 3m 1f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Our Hero (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out and mistake, kept on moderately, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Roman Conquest (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Al Co (FR) 22-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, held up in 3rd until 7th, still well there 2 out, weakening when jumped left last, 3rd of 7, 22l behind Bensalem (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Apr.