YOUNG WOLF was a ready winner of a handicap over 3m at Ludlow last month and should have few problems following up back in novice company if in the same mood. King Golan is better over fences but Throckley should have benefited from a run on Tapeta last month, though also has a mountain to climb on these terms. The Butcher Said was left clear in a maiden at Huntingdon earlier this month but is rated 12lb lower than the selection, whom he meets off level weights.
The Butcher Said (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Held up last, gained a place at 6th, headway tracking leaders before 4 out, 2nd after next, soon ridden, led between last 2, in command when left clear last, won at Huntingdon 2m 5f mdn (5) gd in May beating Mister Murchan (11-2) by dist, 6 ran.
Young Wolf (IRE) 6-4fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, led after 6th, mistake 2 out, driven out, won at Ludlow 3m hcp (3) gd in Apr beating Manning Estate (11-3) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
King Golan (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) Chased leader from 2nd, not fluent 3rd or 12th, 3rd and beaten 3 out, weakening when heavy fall 2 out, at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
Throckley 66-1 (8-8) Raced keenly, led after 1f and set steady pace, pushed clear 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Crystal King (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (3) pol in Apr.