Martin Pipe is a dangerous man to oppose in races like this and his Boulevardofdreams is given a confident vote. Thieves' Glen and Kilindini are expected to give the selection the most to do. Kilindini is holding his form well at present and shapes as if he can pay his way this term. Firm ground ideally suits him and, with experience of the course to bolster his claims, he should be able to pick up the scraps if anything happens to the main hope. Thieves' Glen has also been in good heart lately and holds a solid each-way chance on the best of his form. However, he does not look the most resilient of battlers and may be vulnerable to a stronger finisher. Which is where we turn to Boulevardofdreams, who makes more appeal at this trip. The Pipe horse is far less exposed than many of today's rivals and this former Irish pointer is expected to be too progressive for this lot today.
Tom Bell (IRE) 4-1jt-fav (10-2) Held up, headway after 4th, led approaching 2 out, clear approaching last, ran on well, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (D) gs in May beating Phar Out Phavorite (11-12) by 18l, 11 ran.
Boulevardofdreams (IRE) Evensjt-fav (11-2) Led, jumped slightly left throughout, ridden and headed approaching 7th, one pace from 3 out, well held when mistake last, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Lease Back (11-0) at N Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (E) gs in May.
Kilindini 7-2 (11-3) Led to 5th, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 14, 25l behind Buena Vista (10-10) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hdl (E) gf in May.
Grey Tune (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Behind from halfway, 22nd of 29, well behind Deanery Nellie (11-5) at Navan 2m 2f mdn hdl gs in Mar '04.
Kerry Zulu Warrior 9-1 (11-2) Led and soon well clear, jumped right 6th, headed and weakened quickly after 7th, no chance when pulled up at the last in race won by Chase The Sunset (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (E) gf, 12 ran.
Mapilut du Moulin (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Held up and keen, saddle slipped and pulled up 5 out in race won by Three Ships (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hdl (E) gf, 15 ran.
Mr Dip 20-1 (10-11) Behind, mistake 1st, some headway when badly hampered 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, well behind My Pal Val (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (E) gf in May.
Thieves'glen 6-5 (10-12) Led, hit 5th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Nautic (10-8) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (E) gf in May.