BRASS MONKEY is trying for a quick hat-trick after being pushed clear at Southwell on Friday. Neil King's charge looks worth following in his current mood, despite the penalty. Just Cloudy didn't do a lot wrong at Plumpton following a break and should be thereabouts again but Royal Defence struggles to stay this far while Tigresse Bleue and Boss In Boots are returning from a lay-off. Commitment has shown promise and may be the pick of the remainder, though has plenty of weight.
Tigresse Bleue 9-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Ballinahow Star (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in May.
Commitment 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, lost place before 2nd, reminder in rear after 8th, headway after 3 out, stayed on same pace next, 4th of 12, 10l behind The Rattler Obrien (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Boss In Boots (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd from 3rd, in 3rd and outpaced before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 13, 25l behind Catch The Rhythm (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Old Way (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden and losing place when mistake and rider eventually unseated rider after 3 out, in a race won by Invicta Lake (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct, 17 ran.
Royal Defence (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, outpaced before 3 out, switched right and rallied flat, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Makari (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Brass Monkey (IRE) 5-2fav (11-1) Tracked leader, ridden before 2 out, soon challenged, led between last 2, ridden clear flat, won at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating The Young Master (11-8) by 3l, 7 ran.
Just Cloudy 3-1fav (11-8) Chased leaders, hit 4 out, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Hopatina (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Admiral Boom (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, headway soon after, no impression before next, 8th of 12, 30l behind The Rattler Obrien (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Marble Walk (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 4th, led before 3 out, headed before 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Romney Marsh (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Lisdonagh House (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, tailed off, 8th of 14, 39l behind Crafty Roberto (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Zelos Diktator 33-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, not fluent 3 out, led before 2 out, soon headed, no extra flat, 5th of 12, 20l behind Don't Be Late (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Xenophon 66-1 (9-9) Behind, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened before last, 5th of 13, 26l behind Lookout Mountain (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.