Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt will be the last hopefuls standing in any Tory leadership battle, according to MP Bob Seely.
The Conservative politician predicted that Mr Johnson will "outmanoeuvre" the former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, who is also tipped as a contender for leadership of the Tory Party.
"I think Boris will run ahead of Dominic Raab because they’re both fishing for that same no deal core and there are about 120 MPs who are sympathetic towards that, whether they want a deal or no deal," Mr Seely told talkRADIO's Mike Graham.
“You then have Jeremy Hunt who is having to get remainers and moderate Brexiteers."
Mr Seely predicted a narrow path of victory for Michael Gove, should the other two frontrunners be too divisive.
“Gove as a moderate Brexiteer, as someone who was one of the intellectual architects of Brexit, but has then tried to support the withdrawal deal, he comes through the middle," he explained.
“There are probably five serous runners and riders, with another three to four at most, and I suspect the first round you won’t even have eight people."
He continued: “I’m going to vote for somebody who is going to trash Corbyn week in week out because we need a statesman, we need a great orator”.
Prime Minister Theresa May has today shelved plans to introduce key Brexit legislation to implement the Withdrawal Agreement in the first week of June, following Tory backlash.
“What we’re not going to do is keep on kicking this can down the road,” Mr Seely added.