Floreat has become disappointing but stablemate Hinton Indiana won at Leicester in December and it was no surprise to see BALDING BANKER open his account at Uttoxeter in March after some placed efforts in decent novice company. Paul Nicholls' six-year-old has plenty of scope for further improvement and may have been let in lightly on his handicap bow. William Hogarth and Hills Of Aran are potentially well treated but woefully out of form while Rossmore Lad was pulled up at Cheltenham last time in the race in which Wiesentraum finished well beaten and is now blinkered. Sansili would go close if back to his best, however, and preferred to Gambo of the remainder.
Hinton Indiana 7-1 (11-5) Disputed lead, outpaced approaching 4 out, soon lost place, no impression from next, 4th of 12, 29l behind Black Thunder (11-5) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Rossmore Lad (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, mistake 6th, ridden after 9th, lost place approaching 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Abnaki (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr, 17 ran.
William Hogarth 33-1 (11-4) Held up in last pair, hit 4 out, outpaced before next, never on terms, 7th of 11, 23l behind Lava Lamp (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Firm Order (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Tracked winner, mistake 8th, weakened from 12th, in a race won by Chariot Charger (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (5) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Hills Of Aran 50-1 (11-3) In touch when fell 4th, in a race won by Lava Lamp (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar, 11 ran.
Balding Banker (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Tracked leaders, challenged 7th, soon led, driven right out flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar beating Oscar's Secret (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Gambo (IRE) 12-5fav (11-4) Settled in rear but in touch, headway 5 out, soon chasing leaders, led 2 out, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Thedeboftheyear (10-10) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Mar.
Sansili 10-1 (11-1) Mid-division, pushed along before 5th, slightly hampered 7th, struggling after, 6th of 11, 31l behind Gambo (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Floreat 13-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th and 5th, pushed along 5 out, soon beaten, last of 6, 16l behind Thedeboftheyear (10-10) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Mar.
Strumble Head (IRE) 11-2 (9-11) Tracked leader, led between 3 out and 2 out, headed 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 9l behind King Of The Night (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Wiesentraum (GER) 20-1 (10-13) With leader, mistake 3rd, led 6th, hit 8th, headed before 2 out where mistake, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 17, well behind Abnaki (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Dark Energy 7-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, held up in rear, reminders and closed after 6th, weakened 2 out, 4th of 6, 29l behind Khorun (10-12) at Hereford 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Gorge (AUS) 20-1 (10-13) Towards rear, mistakes 2nd and 7th, behind 15th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ballyfoy (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr, 14 ran.