Not many bumpers take place here without a Donald McCain runner being prominent in the betting. The Cheshire handler boasts a better than one in three strike rate in similar races on the track and MASTER DEE can add to his winning tally. He could only muster the one pace when beaten at Catterick on his debut under Rules but today's easier surface should aid his cause and probably market rival, Gone Forever, had an alternative engagement at Catterick yesterday, as did stablemate Clarence Beeks. Donna's Diamond showed promise at Musselburgh and is preferred to ex-pointer Maxed Out King of the others.
Diamond Native Alderbrook gelding out of Native Sylph.
Donna's Diamond (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 4f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 9, 10l behind It's High Time (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gd in Dec.
Duncomplaining (IRE) Milan gelding out of Notcomplainingbut.
Master Dee (IRE) Evensfav (11-4) Tracked leaders, led over 4f out, hung left and headed over 2f out, soon ridden, no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Beatu (11-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec.
Maxed Out King (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Pr, 2nd 1/2 way, 3rd 3out, wknd 2out, ko onepce, 3rd of 10, 21l behind The Last Samuri (12-0) at Taylorstown 3m ire ptp sft in May.
Rossington 100-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, soon close up, lost place 9f out, behind final 7f, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Powerstown Dreams (10-11) at Doncaster 2m (6) gd in Nov.
Wildest Dreams 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, stumbled badly over 2f out, rider lost irons, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 32l behind Chidswell (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Astaroland (FR) Astarabad gelding out of Orlandaise.
Clarence Beeks (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Close up, ridden before 4f out, weakened before 1f out, 9th of 13, 24l behind Lady Buttons (10-0) at Wetherby 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Dec.
Gone Forever 6-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, closed 7f out, hung left over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Coyaba (11-5) at Towcester 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Nov.