The race I had a very detailed look at was the Cotswold. Its very hard to look past Frodon who has been an absolute revelation this season and must go close again with Bryony Frost on board. However the Nicholls yard is lagging currently and although I haven’t had a chance to look up the breeding, all of Frodon’s wins have been over 2m4f; this race is over 3m and there is some very good form on offer from well priced competitors.
Welsh National winner Elegant Escape technically ticks all the boxes and we know he stays all day long. Valtor has big form from France and smashed Jammin Masters at Ascot. Minnela Rocco finished second to Sizing John in the big one a couple of seasons back and has now had a wind op which makes it intriguing considering the way Frodon responded to his.
My conclusion is based on assumptions and form lines.
TERREFORT is the class act of the race, the form line at Aintree where TERREFORT beats Elegant Escape by 13L is the key one. This form was reversed after that where Elegant Escape beat the selection by 40L but the selection was lame and as long as all is now well that form is void.