PETROUPETROV is rarely far away in this grade and should give another good account, despite top weight. He had Bonoman behind when second at Wincanton in March. Pacha D'Oudairies wasn't beaten far at Newton Abbot last month and is a pound lower but Midnight Charmer appears to have lost his way and Proud Times lacks a recent run. Mister Hendre hasn't shown much so far but may be worth a market check.
Petroupetrov (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, no impression on leaders last, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Loughalder (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Proud Times (USA) 6-1 (11-9) Held up mid-division, ridden before 4 out, steady headway from next, went 3rd before last, plugged on and no impression, 3rd of 13, 17l behind Silver Coaster (10-13) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Flanagan (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, pushed along after 8th, blundered 12th, chased leaders under pressure after next, 4th and outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on to go 2nd flat, edged right towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Rash Moment (10-4) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar '12.
Bonoman (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway before 5 out, went 3rd before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Sir Mattie (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 6-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, pushed along 13th, driven after 15th, lost 2nd 3 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Thomas Wild (11-3) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Mercury Bay (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, soon in rear, weakened from 7 out, tailed off and jumped slow 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ice 'n' Easy (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Apr, 5 ran.
Mister Hendre 50-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not always fluent, left 4th 8th, lost touch before 10th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Theatre Guide (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov chs (3) gs in Apr, 6 ran.
Mr Gee Jay 6-1 (11-0) Prominent, led after 2nd, not fluent next or 10th, headed after 13th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Loughalder (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Midnight Charmer 8-1 (10-3) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Oddjob (11-6) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr, 14 ran.