A wide-open handicap in which several warrant a second look. Bangor runner-up Scoter Fontaine could go well if handling the step up to 3m while Connectivity has been running well in decent company and wasn't winning out of turn at Chepstow. Tullyraine won at Bangor in February while Howizee wasn't beaten far at Ayr last month and Kayserberg isn't without a chance. Destroyer Deployed was only beaten half-a-length by the well-handicapped Big Easy at Cheltenham last time while Problema Tic reverts to hurdles on a decent mark but the step up in distance could suit MIDNIGHT PRAYER and he gets a tentative vote, though it would be no surprise to see Tempest River pop up when least expected.
Ballyrock (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway and in touch when blundered and rider lost iron briefly 9th, plugged on from after 2 out, no threat, 7th of 12, 8l behind Regal Presence (9-11) at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Connectivity (IRE) 7-4fav (10-5) Held up, closed from 4th, hit 7th, ridden and edged right after 2 out, led when hit last, headed flat, rallied to lead again close home, won at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr beating Monetary Fund (10-12) by hd, 9 ran.
Tullyraine (IRE) 15-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, effort to lead approaching 2 out, driven clear before last, kept on flat, won at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb beating Corrin Wood (11-9) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Ballytober 11-8fav (11-8) Tracked winner, mistake 2nd, mistake 5th, reminders before 8th, weakened 4 out, soon pulled up and tailed off, in a race won by Bob Ford (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 4 ran.
Aibrean (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Held up in 5th, switched right and headway before 2 out, stayed on flat, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Twin Plan (10-0) at Ayr 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Al Co (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Mistake 1st, behind, headway approaching 7th, ridden and struggling before 12th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Barel Of Laughs (10-7) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs (2) sft in Aug.
Scotswell 16-1 (11-4) Led, driven and strongly pressed after 2 out, carried head high and hung left before last, stayed on, headed post, 2nd of 13, ns behind Arctic Court (10-13) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Problema Tic (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, fell 2nd, in a race won by Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Howizee 11-2 (11-10) Mid-division, headway before 7th, ridden to challenge 3 out, soon led, headed flat, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Amigo (11-12) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
So Fine (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, ridden after next, led 2 out, headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Connectivity (10-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Tempest River (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, went 2nd briefly before last, stayed on flat, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Big Time Billy (9-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Five Star Wilsham (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, closed when not fluent 6th, 7th and going ok when blundered badly 15th, not recover and pulled up before next, in a race won by Fairoak Lad (11-4) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May '12, 15 ran.
Destroyer Deployed 12-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway when mistake 8th, ridden after 2 out, went 2nd final 100 yards, kept on, just held, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Big Easy (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.
Kaysersberg (FR) 13-8 (11-6) Led, pushed along before headed 2 out, held when rider lost iron soon after last, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Midnight Appeal (11-6) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Mister Hyde (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Mid-division on outside, outpaced 13th, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Carrickboy (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar, 22 ran.
Akbabend 33-1 (12-2) Chased leaders, hit 4th, pushed along after next, weakened 4 out, 13th of 21, 42l behind Buck Magic (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Trackmate 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division in touch, headway 4 out, went 2nd approaching next, slightly hampered by loose horse 2 out, soon ridden, 3 lengths down when not fluent last, kept on, always held, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Bygones Sovereign (10-4) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Midnight Prayer 8-1 (11-2) In touch, headway before 2 out, went 2nd last, kept on to lead last 50 yards, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr beating Billy No Name (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.
Scoter Fontaine (FR) 6-4 (10-12) Always prominent, not fluent 6th, driven to challenge 3 out, hung left last, no extra, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Tick Tocker (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Led, headed 6th and soon pushed along, regained lead 4 out, headed before 3 out, chased winner before last, always held, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Super Villan (11-0) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Mar.
Super Villan 5-2 (10-10) Led, hit 4 out and joined, driven between last 2, joined last, narrowly headed flat, rallied and battled on most gamely to lead again final 100 yards, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Apr beating Makethe Mostofnow (11-12) by nk, 6 ran.
Keenes Day (FR) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, soon went 2nd, led 6th, headed after 7th, pushed along to regain lead 9th, headed before 10th, weakened 2 out, 6th of 9, 28l behind Darley Sun (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.