STACCATO VALTAT has won two out of three over course and distance, including this last year and 12 months earlier. It's probable that he's been trained with the race in mind again and a hat-trick looks on, despite the lack of a recent run. Teochew is starting to look well treated while Master Butcher has place claims again. Gold Ingot tries 3m for the first time but should last home and Decimus won over 2m7f at Stratford last month and is only 4lb higher. Midnight Oscar only found the prolific Solstice Son too good at Chepstow last time but Welsh Bard appears to have lost his way.
Midnight Oscar (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) In touch, soon settled towards rear, headway before 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Solstice Son (10-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Shalone 33-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, lost place 4 out, 9th of 10, well behind Hidden Justice (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Gold Ingot 14-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, smooth headway 3 out, ridden and outpaced in 4th before 2 out where left 3rd, stayed on under pressure to modest 2nd before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Vicente (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Teochew (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Led, mistake 8th, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 10, 21l behind Bull And Bush (11-9) at Towcester 3m (3) gs in Mar.
Decimus (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, took keen hold, mistake 6th, reminder next, one pace 2 out, rallied approaching last, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar beating Halifax (11-2) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Staccato Valtat (FR) 5-1 (10-6) In touch in mid-division, mistake 3rd, not fluent 6th, headway next, led before 2 out, stayed on well, in command towards finish, won at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr '13 beating The Fonz (11-4) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Master Butcher (IRE) 11-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, pushed along after 7th, weakened 3 out, 3rd of 5, 34l behind Sybarite (11-4) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Mister Snowball (FR) 11-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on to take modest 3rd between last 2, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Pilgreen (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Mid-division, jumped slowly 6th, headway after 4 out, ridden approaching 2 out, one pace and unable to get on terms flat, 5th of 17, 6l behind Mister Newby (11-9) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Trillerin Minella (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Held up in touch, ridden before 3 out, went 2nd when not fluent last, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 12l behind Rugged Jack (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Welsh Bard (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure 5 out, weakened quickly before 4 out, tailed off next, last of 9, well behind Brae On (10-5) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Lisheen Hill (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Raced wide chasing leader, led before 4 out until before next, chased leader until before 2 out, stayed on same pace and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Winged Crusader (11-10) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
El Indio (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Led, ridden before 3 out, headed 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 14, 22l behind Drombeg West (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Kukurudu (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Luctor Emergo (11-10) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.