The three that look to have the best chance of success are Beehawk, Maximise and Tirikumba with the vote going to the last named. Trained in Camarthern by Sirrell Griffiths who is most famous for his training success of Nortons Coin in the Gold Cup in the earl nineties and who always does well with his small team. Tirikumba has been stepped up in trip in recent races and after his decent second at Stratford last time out, he looks a sure bet to win soon and maybe worth siding with here. Of his rivals the likely favourite Beehawk will be thereabouts again after his fine win at Worcester last time out. The only concern is that he has been very much inconsistent in the past and is no certainty to reproduce the same level of form this time around. Maximise is the other to consider but is slow and will be producing his best late. But for the winner we return to Tirikumba.
Beehawk 1-2fav (11-0) Held up rear, smooth headway 4 out to join leaders, led approaching last, quickened clear flat, won at Worcester 3m nov hdl (E) gf in May beating Esters Boy (11-6) by 9l, 7 ran.
Maximize (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden and struggling 19th, 8th of 19, 25l behind Jack High (10-0) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs Grd 3 (A) gs in Apr.
Valley Warrior 9-1 (10-5) Held up, not fluent and reminders 2nd, lost behind from 7th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Croc An Oir (10-10) at Worcester 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (F) gf, 18 ran.
Tirikumba 9-1 (9-9) In touch, chased winner after 3 out, ran on flat, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Altitude Dancer (9-8) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (D) gd in May.
Earcomesannie (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Prominent, led 4th to 7th, weakened flat, 6th of 14, 12l behind Wayward Melody (10-9) at Worcester 3m mrs hcp hdl (E) gf in May.
Thiseldo Us 66-1 (10-5) Ridden approaching 4th, always behind, 12th of 17, well behind Burning Truth (10-12) at Hereford 2m 3f sll hdl (G) gf in May.
Halfajobjones 150-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place 4th, behind when hampered 6th, tailed off when pulled up at the 7th in race won by Rowley Hill (11-12) at Bangor 3m nov hdl (E) gs in Apr, 13 ran.