Mister Fantastic landed a first success over timber since 2011 when scoring with seemingly plenty in hand at Newton Abbot last time, although the handicapper's decision to hit him with a 13lb rise seems overly harsh. He should be involved all the same if in a similar mood whilst Devil's Dyke looks to have more to offer after just the four runs over timber. He shaped promisingly last time and deserves shortlist inclusion along with the consistent Gwili Spar, who may possibly need this run though after a 204-day absence. GRAND MARCH has competed in better grade than this as evinced by a respectable sixth-place finish behind the top-class Josses Hill at Newbury last season. He's gone pretty nicely the last twice too and should go close here with the improving Ed Cookson claiming a useful 5lb.
Sea Rocket (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway after 5th to go mid-division, lost place before 5 out, tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Catching On (11-6) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr, 13 ran.
Grand March 4-1 (11-7) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway approaching 3rd, not fluent 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, no impression, well held when not fluent last, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Polo Springs (9-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Gracchus (USA) 50-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, tailed off, 8th of 13, 36l behind Ossie's Dancer (11-4) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Devil's Dyke (USA) 4-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway on outside 5th, went 3rd approaching 2 out, pressing for 2nd when not much room flat, unable to get on terms with winner, no extra close home, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind All But Grey (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Pistolet Noir (FR) 14-1 (11-9) Prominent, led 3rd until before next, ridden and every chance 3 out, weakened flat, 7th of 18, 13l behind Dalmo (11-9) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Rafafie 7-2fav (10-7) Mid-division, hampered 1st, headway after 5th, close 3rd when not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace before last, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Withy Mills (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Mister Fantastic 11-2 (10-0) Took keen hold early, held up, headway to 3rd approaching 5th, went 2nd soon after 3 out, led well before 2 out, soon in command, stayed on strongly, very easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Apr beating Hold The Bucks (11-3) by 7l, 7 ran.
Kagouillot (FR) 28-1 (10-12) Soon tracking leader, ridden to challenge after 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 4, 19l behind Stow (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f clm hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Lucky Prince 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden before next, one pace and no impression, weakened before last, 6th of 10, 22l behind Polo Springs (9-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Crackerjack 12-1 (11-1) Led, 15 lengths clear when unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Tiradia (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr, 15 ran.
Kozmina Bay 16-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden hung right and weakened between last 2, 5th of 7, 8l behind Captain Sharpe (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f sel hcp hdle 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Gwili Spar 11-4fav (10-6) In rear, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out until mistake last, no impression, 4th of 9, 23l behind My Oh Mount Brown (11-1) at Towcester 2m 5f (5) gf in Oct.
Dark Oasis 10-1 (9-7) Prominent, not fluent 5th, mistake 8th, not fluent and led 13th, soon headed, lost place when not fluent 4 out, weakened, 7th of 10, 33l behind Mr Bachster (9-13) at Ludlow 2m 4f am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.