It is hard to fancy many of these so the vote goes to Ben Hur ahead of Looks The Business and A One. Ben Hur won a Chester claimer when rated 63 last summer, although more recent efforts have been disappointing. That said, a return to a track of this nature might rekindle him, that plus the fact that the opposition looks modest. Looks The Business showed some promise on the Flat before his attention was switched to hurdles, over which he won. He has to be respected at this level. A One won five times last summer, and would be a shoo-in if back in that type of mood, but his form since August leaves something to be desired. That said, he has to be given serious thought at this level. Finally, Mighty Pip caught the eye making some late gains over course and distance last time and might go well in what is a modest race but, for the winner, we return to Ben Hur.
A One (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Outpaced, always in rear, 12th of 13, 16l behind Devon Flame (9-8) at Windsor 6f clm (5) gf.
Looks The Business (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 6f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 16, 13l behind Cause Celebre (8-9) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (E) gf in May '04.
Ben Hur 7-2 (8-12) Pushed into lead, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, 5th of 8, 13l behind Go Green (8-7) at Chepstow 1m 4f sll (6) gs.
Pick of The Crop 66-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride and always behind, last of 12, 11l behind Temper Tantrum (9-10) at Lingfield 1m hcp (F4) pol in Mar.
Mighty Pip (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside 2f out, never reached leaders, 6th of 19, 8l behind Lyrical Way (9-11) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp (6) gf.
Pererin 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on but not reach leaders, 5th of 17, 4l behind Make It Happen Now (8-2) at Leicester 7f stk (7) sft.
Stylish Sunrise (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Held up, effort over 4f out, soon beaten, last of 7, well behind Given A Chance (8-10) at Yarmouth 2m stk (7) gd in Apr.