CLOUD CREEPER looks to be the one to be on in this opener as there was nothing wrong with his third to the useful Ptit Zig at Ludlow in February and he followed that up with a second to subsequent scorer Walkabout Creek at Sedgefield when he was 10 lengths clear of the third horse. Deep Trouble made a promising start for new connections when second at Newbury in March while Oyster Shell was just touched off in a novices' handicap at Stratford last month. Picture Post may be open to improvement but Nail 'M may find the drop in distance counting against him and Hexham third Northern Oscar is nothing special.
Alls It Is 8-1 (11-0) Pressed leader to after 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Victor Hewgo (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr, 12 ran.
Cloud Creeper (IRE) 5-2fav (11-2) Led, hit 2nd, ridden 2 out, headed last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Walkabout Creek (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Deep Trouble (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Held up in touch in last, took keen hold, mistake 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, led 2 out, not fluent and headed last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Manballandall (11-1) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) hvy in Mar.
Nail 'm (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, ridden next, stayed on from 2 out, went 4th last, not able to get on terms, 4th of 12, 16l behind Western Jo (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway to go 5th before last, soon went 4th, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, just held for 2nd place, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Swaledale Lad (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Oscars Law 50-1 (11-0) In rear, jumped slowly 3rd, ridden after 5th, soon well beaten, 9th of 11, 45l behind Red Admirable (10-9) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Oscar Zulu (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, some headway before 3 out, weakened well before 2 out and pulled up, in a race won by Chemistry Master (10-12) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar, 15 ran.
Oyster Shell 15-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, hit 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, led 2 out, clear before last, caught post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Sir Fredlot (11-4) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Picture Post (USA) 4-1 (11-4) In touch in mid-division, headway 6f out, lost place and ridden 4f out, well beaten over 2f out, 9th of 14, 18l behind Joanne One (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
River Exit (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, took keen hold, some headway approaching 2 out, no impression, 12th of 15, 23l behind Utopian (10-13) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Sleeping City (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, smooth headway before 2 out, ridden and quickly weakened before 2 out, pulled up, in a race won by Turn Over Sivola (11-1) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Sonny Jim 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division in touch, lost place 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 10, 19l behind Salbatore (10-11) at Towcester 1m 5f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Oct.
Tomibola (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Mid-division, pushed along on outside 4f out, some headway over 2f out, no impression, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 17l behind Lemony Bay (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Bawden Rocks Anabaa gelding out of Late Night.
Definitely Glad (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Abigail Lynch (11-2) at Lingfield 2m Mares Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) std in Jan.
Miss Overbury (IRE) 66-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, behind from 4th, 12th of 15, well behind Descaro (10-10) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd in Apr.