John Reel sets a decent standard in the first division of this bumper having won at Ffos Las before finishing third in better company at Newbury. Dance was second in a mares' race on the Polytrack in February and winning pointer Going Concern was third on his debut under Rules at Ffos Las and can't be ignored. But one or two of the newcomers catch the eye on breeding in this and we fancy FOND MEMORY to make a winning start as he's a half-brother to smart bumper performer Dark Glacier and hails from a yard that can get them ready at home. Robbers Roost is related to a winning hurdler and is another worthy of a mention.
John Reel (FR) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, every chance well over 1f out, soon edged right, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (11-5) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) sft in Jan.
Bakari Trade Fair gelding out of Wathbat Mtoto.
Fond Memory (IRE) Dr Massini gelding out of Glacier Lilly.
Going Concern (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 6f out, chased winner over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, unable to challenge, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Bally Rone (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Robbers Roost (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Chapel Queen.
Sam Run 100-1 (10-8) Towards rear, weakened over 4f out, 6th of 8, 43l behind Dakar Run (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Sergeant Thunder Halling gelding out of Dissolve.
Bollin Across Bollin Eric mare out of Miss Lacroix.
Home Girl (IRE) Milan mare out of Homebird.
Y O Me 6-1 (11-7) (tt) to & pu 9, in a race won by Neighbours Lady (11-7) at South Herefordshire 2m 4f ptp gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Dance 33-1 (9-12) Disputed lead, pushed along 2f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Celestial Island (10-9) at Lingfield 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Feb.