Ballybolley was all out to win at Southwell and this looks a lot more competitive. So Oscar won over course and distance in November but hasn't been seen since while winning pointer Thedrinkymeister makes his debut under Rules, though McCoy takes the ride and he can't be ignored. Gamain also arrives on the back of a win between the flags while newcomer War On The Rocks, a full brother to the useful Victor Leudorum, should be monitored for any market support but WESTERN DIVA would almost certainly have been placed again at Warwick had she not clipped heels and fallen. David Pipe's mare deserves a change of luck and could cap a successful day for jockey Tom Scudamore.
Ballybolley (IRE) 7-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 6f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec beating Jac The Legend (10-7) by nk, 7 ran.
So Oscar (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) In touch on outside, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden out final furlong, won at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov beating Trapper Peak (11-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Dawson City 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, slightly outpaced over 3f out, edged left and stayed on same pace 1f out, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Millicent Silver (10-12) at Warwick 2m mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Gamain (IRE) 7-1 (12-2) Ld/disp, mstk 6th, still disp when left clr 2out, easily, won at Killeagh 3m ire ptp gs in Jan beating Artful Approach (12-2) by 7l, 16 ran.
Global Bonus (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of That's The Bonus.
Krackatoa King 14-1 (10-13) Tracked leader until halfway, chased leaders, soon ridden and lost place, 6th of 7, 10l behind Earthmoves (10-10) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft.
Primitive Sam 50-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, well behind Celtic Agent (10-13) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Scooter Boy Revoque gelding out of Always Forgiving.
Thedrinkymeister (IRE) 5-4 (11-7) Led to 2 & 3-4; led 7; stayed on wl, won at Tiverton 3m ptp gs in Jan beating Mangans Turn (12-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Tuffstuff 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 4f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, not reach leading pair, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Rafafie (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gs in Apr.
War On The Rocks (IRE) Wareed gelding out of Rock Garden.
Winneys Boy 100-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, lost place halfway, soon beaten, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Ordo Ab Chao (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Goneinaglance 25-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, weakened 5f out, 8th of 10, 31l behind Midnight Jazz (10-2) at Warwick 2m mrs N H flat (6) sft in Feb.
Irish Octave (IRE) Gamut gelding out of Fairytaleofnewyork.
Izzy Piccolina (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Took keen hold and held up in rear, good headway on inside to lead 10f out, headed over 3f out, chased winner, hung left and lost 2nd 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 8l behind No Pushover (11-2) at Newbury 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Western Diva (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Led and pulled hard, headed 3f out, held in 2nd when fell well over 2f out on bend, in a race won by Midnight Jazz (10-2) at Warwick 2m mrs N H flat (6) sft in Feb, 10 ran.