Modus was fancied for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham but was forced to race wide throughout and his exertions told in the closing stages. With better luck in-running, he should be a factor here while A P McCoy rode Relic Rock to victory at Wetherby in February and is back on board after Richard Johnson steered the six-year-old to success at Uttoxeter. Aqalim and Uncle Muf are both two from two and the older Ballybolley and Battle Born are also chasing hat-tricks. Barry Geraghty has chosen Polytrack winner Bringithomeminty ahead of Clondaw Banker and Hunters Hoof but this is an ultra-competitive affair. Despite being hampered and running green, PUISQUE TU PARS went readily clear of McCabe Creek over 1m4f at Newbury on his debut. There is more to come and, as his yard won this in 2010, he's taken to outpace his rivals.
Aiaam Al Namoos 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well, won at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar beating The Grey Taylor (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Ballybolley (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, always prominent, led over 4f out, clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar beating Scooter Boy (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 16 ran.
Battle Born 4-5fav (11-3) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, readily drew clear, very easy, won at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Feb beating Fearless Tunes (11-3) by 31l, 4 ran.
Beatu (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, led over 2f out, clear 1f out, ridden out, won at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec beating Master Dee (11-4) by 6l, 10 ran.
Bringithomeminty 2-1fav (11-2) Keen to post, held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, soon pushed clear, easily, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb beating Alibi De Sivola (10-7) by 8l, 16 ran.
Celtic Agent 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, led over 4f out, clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar beating Gwendoliner (10-6) by 12l, 7 ran.
Clondaw Banker (IRE) Evensfav (11-4) Tracked leader 5f, went 2nd again 6f out, led 3f out, ridden and pressed over 1f out, headed and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Aqalim (11-0) at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) sft in Feb.
Fly Home Harry 11-4 (11-12) Led, ridden over 3f out, soon pressed, headed entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Destiny's Gold (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Hunters Hoof (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, challenged over 1f out, every chance after, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind Powerstown Dreams (10-11) at Doncaster 2m (6) gd in Nov.
It's High Time (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Soon tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead last 100 yards, won at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gd in Dec beating Gurkha Brave (11-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Ordo Ab Chao (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 3f out, led over 1f out, forged clear inside final furlong, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar beating No No Romeo (11-4) by 6l, 8 ran.
Our Kaempfer (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, driven and lost place 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 17th of 22, 21l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Relic Rock (IRE) 9-2 (11-11) Tracked leading pair, effort to lead narrowly 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar beating Fletchers Flyer (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Aqalim 2-1 (11-0) Awkward in preliminaries and mounted on course, held up in rear, smooth headway travelling well over 3f out, tracked leaders over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, ridden and effort between horses inside final furlong, ran on to lead post, won at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) sft in Feb beating Colin's Brother (10-7) by ns, 7 ran.
Hurricane Hollow 5-4fav (11-5) Mid-division, smooth headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, went 2nd 3f out until pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 6th of 10, 18l behind Puisque Tu Pars (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) hvy in Mar.
Mccabe Creek (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, smooth headway travelling well 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, went on bit over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, soon challenging and every chance, no extra final 150 yards, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Puisque Tu Pars (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) hvy in Mar.
Modus 10-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear on outside, headway on wide outside 4f out, soon in touch, driven and effort over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 8th of 22, 11l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Puisque Tu Pars (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, lost place 5f out, headway near side 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, not much room on rail when ridden to lead and green inside final 2f, driven and went clear final 150 yards, won at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) hvy in Mar beating Mccabe Creek (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Royal Supreme (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) In touch on inner, went 2nd over 2f out, led on bit over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Jan beating Silver Gent (11-4) by 7l, 6 ran.
Uncle Muf (USA) 7-4 (11-5) Took keen hold early, held up in touch, led over 2f out, nudged out, readily, won at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Dec beating Magna Cartor (10-12) by 1/2l, 6 ran.