Warsaw Pact looks a capable sort and should do well amongst this fairly modest company but our pick is PACHA D'OUDAIRIES; Shannon Springs also makes the shortlist. The selection comes from the inform yard of Paul Nicholls and is expected to go one better here today after finishing runner up at the last two occasions. The gelding looked well over this trip when last seen and should have come on for the outing. Warsaw Pact had been in a decent vein of form until finishing after everything else when last seen. She is a very capable sort though and can be forgiven for that terrible outing. He's proved a good type in the past though and other recent form suggests he should be capable of making the frame. Shannon Springs was a beaten favourite last time after unseating her rider but form previous to that is pretty good. The seven-year-old should settle better here and a place among the minors isn't beyond him. David Pipe's Raslan should fare well but the earlier mentioned may just outclass him, King Jack was a lucky third last time and won't find things so easy here. Pacha D'Oudairies makes the selection here then, in a rather tricky looking opener.
Blackanblue 50-1 (10-11) Held up behind leaders, lost touch after 9th, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Eleazar (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in May.
Just Silver 16-1 (11-0) Held up well in rear, fell 6th, in a race won by Mystic Storm (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn chs (4) gf in May, 9 ran.
King Jack 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, reminders 8th, ridden and outpaced 11th, took poor 3rd after last, 3rd of 6, 35l behind Coq Hardi (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f nov stks (4) gd in May.
Lagosta (SAF) 6-1 (11-0) Hdwy 15; led aft 3 out; impressive, won at Tabley 3m ptp in May beating Flashy Boy (11-7) by 15l, 7 ran.
Lucky Eric 80-1 (10-7) In rear, mistake 1st, jumped right 7th, hampered approaching next, headway approaching 12th, 7th when fell 14th, in a race won by Black Beauty (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May, 14 ran.
Marado (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, hampered 1st, lost place 5th, well behind from 7th, left poor 4th last, 4th of 9, 41l behind Mystic Storm (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn chs (4) gf in May.
Mister Wiseman 33-1 (11-12) Pressed winner until approaching 3 out, weakened quickly before next, 9th of 13, 40l behind Gleann An Sagart (11-7) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Orion Star (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Not fluent 1st, tracked leaders, ridden after 14th, weakened 4 out, 3rd of 5, 26l behind Winsley Hill (10-5) at Exeter 3m nov stks (4) gf in May.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 4-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 12th, chased winner before last, stayed on under pressure flat, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Black Beauty (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May.
Raslan 4-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went second 10th, led approaching 15th, not fluent 4 out, headed 3 out, hit 2 out, one pace, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Black Beauty (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May.
Shannon Springs (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, mistake 6th, headway 13th, close 5th when mistake and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Black Beauty (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May, 14 ran.
Warsaw Pact (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up, headway under pressure approaching 3 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace no impression, 4th of 10, 9l behind The Polomoche (11-12) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Apr.
Gift Of The Gods (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, lost place before 5th, well beaten before 3 out, 6th of 9, 21l behind Cove Mountain (10-13) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.