Oscar Hoof won at Ludlow on debut before finishing third under a penalty at the Shropshire course. Jerry McGrath takes off 3lb and he is probably the one to beat here but Araku Valley showed a bit more at Musselburgh last time while Oscar Tanner has already been placed at Fontwell and Southwell. KEEFFES WELL caught the eye at Limerick six weeks ago and will certainly improve for the experience. With his weight allowance, he gets the vote as none of the newcomers are particularly well conected.
Oscar Hoof (IRE) 10-11fav (11-11) Soon tracked leading pair, disputing close 2nd 5f out, went 2nd over 2f out, soon ridden and carried head awkwardly, one pace in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Centasia (11-4) at Ludlow 1m 6f NH flat (5) sft in Jan.
Araku Valley (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Took keen hold, led and soon clear, reduced lead over 3f out, soon ridden and hung right, headed 2f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 4th of 14, 12l behind Clever Cookie (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Heres Action Man Nomadic Way gelding out of Jesmund.
Lapworth (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 22l behind Ballyhooley Boy (10-11) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Lenderking (IRE) Sleeping Indian gelding out of Roses From Ridey.
Oscar Tanner (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, switched to outside and headway to lead 9f out, headed 1f out, eased towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Four Shuck Men (11-0) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) gd.
Stantastic Holy Roman Emperor gelding out of Ghita.
Keeffes Well 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th entering straight, under pressure in 4th and no impression 1 1/2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 11l behind Waxies Dargle (11-4) at Limerick 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Mar.
Timber King Desideratum gelding out of Chanteuse.
Izza Diva 12-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, weakened halfway, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Deputy Dan (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.