Azure Fly won a couple of bumpers last summer and Cannon Fodder has also shown promise in that sphere. Officially Modern can improve on his second at Southwell while Somchine has been knocking on the door. BREAKING BITS made favourite Looking On pull out all the stops at Plumpton before falling at Ludlow. Somchine and Going Twice were both behind and Jamie Snowden's charge could be the one beat here with a clear round as Irish import Auld Sthock may need time to acclimatise.
Auld Sthock (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd before straight, ridden in 2nd before 2 out, no impression leader, kept on one pace, lost 2nd closing stages, 3rd of 18, 13l behind Glen Beg (10-11) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Azure Fly (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep beating My Mum Mo (10-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Backhomeinderry (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Held up when mistake and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Nothing Is Forever (10-1) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf, 11 ran.
Breaking Bits (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Took keen hold and prominent, went 2nd after 2nd, fell 4th, in a race won by Rayvin Black (10-9) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Brians Well (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, took closer order halfway, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on, lost 2nd place close home, 4th of 7, 4l behind On The Buckle (10-13) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gf.
Going Twice 8-1 (11-0) Close up, lost place 3rd, struggling from 3 out, 5th of 8, 24l behind Jack By The Hedge (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs.
Ilewinfortom Alflora gelding out of Bridepark Rose.
Mac's Grey (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, 47l behind Catch The Rhythm (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf.
Officially Modern (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Raced keenly, led, clear after 2nd, hit 3 out and ridden, already headed when blundered and lost 2nd 2 out, rallied to 2nd again before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 13l behind Uhlan Bute (11-0) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Somchine 2-1fav (11-0) Led in start, pulled hard in rear, steady headway to 5th after 5th, good headway when carried right approaching 2 out, led narrowly and blundered 2 out, headed last, edged left and no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Four Nations (10-9) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Cannon Fodder 14-1 (10-12) Jinked right start, led, ridden 3f out, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 11l behind Down Ace (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) sft in Apr.
Cariflora 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear, pushed along after 5th, struggling next, well beaten 7th when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 23l behind Four Nations (10-9) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Pinnacle Ofpassion (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, struggling halfway, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 44l behind The Govaness (10-7) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Taradrewe 12-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway on outside 4 out, chased winner briefly when not fluent next, weakened before last, 9th of 16, 38l behind Azure Aware (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.