Don McCain's Worth A King's won his second race over hurdles when successful in good fashion in a novices' hurdle at Uttoxeter last month and has every chance of scoring again but the four-year-old has a double penalty to carry after that success and may struggle to give weight away to SPIRIT OF ADJISA, who gets the vote with Twentypoundluck rated the pick of the remainder. The selection has shown a decent level of form in three starts over hurdles for Tim Vaughan, latterly when a close third behind Finian's Rainbow at Ascot and he can make the most of the weight that he receives from Worth A King's and gain a deserved first success. Betty's Run has shown little sign of aptitude so far over timber and of more interest may be Don McCain's Flicka's Witness, who is equally lightly raced but showed some promise on his first start over hurdles at Uttoxeter last month. Patrick Griffin's Irish point winner Twentypoundluck has to be of interest on his rules debut but Spirit of Adjisa has solid claims and looks the one that they all have to beat.
Worth A King's 4-5fav (10-11) Not always fluent, led 1st until jumped big 2nd, with leader, led again 6th, drew clear from 3 out, comfortably, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Douglas (10-12) by 10l, 9 ran.
Flicka's Witness (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, jumped left 3rd, chased winner approaching 2 out, weakening when hit last, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Total Submission (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in May.
Spirit of Adjisa (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, mistake 6th, reminders next, went 3rd 4 out, ridden and effort 2 out, one pace last, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Finian's Rainbow (11-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (3) gs in Feb.
Twentypoundluck (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Ww, steady prog final cct, gng well 2out, rdn to ld last, row, won at Oldcastle 3m ire ptp gf in Apr beating Aces And Kings (12-0) by 2l, 12 ran.
Betty's Run 125-1 (10-6) Behind, reminders 6th, soon struggling, tailed off 2 out, 8th of 10, well behind Thyne For Deploy (10-13) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.