Mauricetheathlete is something of a standing dish here but it's possible he's starting to feel his age nowadays. Alberobello is the other course and distance winner in the line-up and he'll strip fitter for his run at Fontwell while Promised Wings and Woodford County did well last season and Heronshaw has plenty of scope. Qalinas and Mic's Delight are also worth a second look in an open race but MINELLA FOR STEAK's victory at Ffos Las suggests he's still on an upward curve and he can defy his penalty with McCoy doing the steering again, though it would be surprise to see Minellahalfcentury make his mark in handicaps before going chasing.
Manballandall (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, headway after 7th, led last, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) hvy in Mar beating Deep Trouble (10-10) by 7l, 6 ran.
Qalinas (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Led until 2 out, 6th and weakening last, 8th of 17, 36l behind Lower Hope Dandy (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Mission Complete (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Prominent when not fluent 1st, tracked leaders, ridden after 9th, lost place before 2 out, mistake last, 12th of 20, 20l behind Trackmate (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Promised Wings (GER) 12-1 (10-6) Led until after 9th, chased leaders, bumped 3 out, rallied to 2nd at the last, no real impression on idling winner, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Regal Presence (9-11) at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Old Tricks (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Mid-division, ridden and lost place after 3rd, soon struggling, well beaten when slightly hampered 3 out, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Stopped Out (10-13) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Mic's Delight (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Chased winner, hit 4th, pushed along after 4 out, 3rd and stayed on flat, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 6, 1 3/4l behind Super Villan (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Apr.
Woodford County 3-1fav (11-9) Raced wide, held up in last pair, headway on outside 7th, dropped to rear and pushed along before 8th, rallied next, chased leaders 4 out, went 2nd briefly 3 out soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Uxizandre (11-9) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Minellahalfcentury (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, mistake next, went 2nd when mistake 3 out, ridden and 8 lengths down 2 out, closed before last, soon led, stayed on well to come clear flat, won at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Sail By The Sea (10-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Alberobello (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, weakened from
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, lost place after 8th, ridden after 4 out, soon behind, tailed off, 10th of 12, 43l behind Flicka Williams (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Heronshaw (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, reminders before 6th, weakened after 3 out, in 4th when jockey fell off on bend before 2 out, in a race won by Broadway Buffalo (11-8) at Warwick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb, 6 ran.
Minella For Steak (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Raced wide, held up in touch, went 4th at 5th, went 3rd after 4 out, tracked leader before next, led approaching last, ridden and hung right flat, driven out, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Oct beating Ifyouthinkso (10-6) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Virginia Ash (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Reluctant and dropped to last 1st, never travelled or jumped after, blundered badly 5th, tailed off when blundered 8th (water), pulled up before next, in a race won by Dawn Commander (11-5) at Exeter 3m beg chs (4) gf in Oct, 4 ran.
Cardigan Island (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, lost place 5th, headway 12th, left 3rd 4 out, not fluent and rallied from 2 out, every chance flat, held towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Goring One (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Oct.
Storm Alert 9-2 (11-7) Held up in last trio, good headway before 3 out, went 2nd soon after, hit 3 out, led and hit 2 out, pressed when hit last, headed final 100 yards, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Brunette'sonly (10-6) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.