CROCO BAY finished a distance clear of the rest of the field when runner-up at Sedgefield last time. That looks stronger form than Lifetime's third over track and trip when Plus Jamais was well beaten and Peter Atkinson's charge gets the vote. Damascus Steel looks a threat on his recent victory at Hexham and he should figure again off a 4lb higher mark. Victor Lynch and Abbey Garth have the past form to figure but were both below par on their latest starts while the remainder have shown little to recommend them so far.
Croco Bay (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Jumped left, chased (clear) winner throughout, never on terms, flattered by proximity to eased down winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Aazif (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Damascus Steel (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) In touch, went 3rd before 5th, chased leader before 2 out, led last, ridden and pressed run-in, kept on gamely, won at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gd beating Island Confusion (10-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Lifetime (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Always prominent, ridden and edged left after 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Ivan Boru (11-0) at Kelso 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Victor Lynch (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 2nd, hit 4th, no impression with winner from 2 out, lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 12, 23l behind Witness In Court (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Abbey Garth (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway from 3 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 17, 33l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Plus Jamais (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on outside, outpaced after 3 out, no impression after, 5th of 12, 13l behind Ivan Boru (11-0) at Kelso 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Ballycool (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Chased clear leaders, ridden after 6th, left 3rd when jumped left 3 out, went left 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression in front pair, 3rd of 13, 25l behind Life And Soul (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Duhallowcountry (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 3rd aftr a mile & lst pl 6th, fair 6th 4out, ko onepcd, 7th of 10, 19l behind Dr Patmassini (11-4) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd.
Born To Shine (USA) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 10th of 12, well behind Chadford (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov '11.
Groovy Dancer 9-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, pushed along after 6th, headway before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 9, 22l behind Golden Sparkle (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Heart O Annandale (IRE) 80-1 (11-1) Held up in last trio, pushed along on bend after 3rd, struggling before 5th, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Makbullet (11-1) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '12.