The front-running Monte Cavallo hasn't done a lot wrong so far and made Red Inca fight all the way to the line at Ludlow last time. He may have to wait for the ground to dry up to get off the mark, however, and we are prepared to take him on with JOSEPH MERCER. Philip Hobbs' winning pointer is thought to be a nice prospect and will appreciate the likely strong pace on his debut under Rules. Wings Of Icarus has been a little disappointing so far over timber but should make the frame here with Chance Encounter likely to need this and Mighty Mambo possibly in need of a step up in distance.
Bobby Dove 33-1 (10-3) Held up, headway 6f out, ridden 5f out, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Lemon's Gent (10-10) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in May.
Chance Encounter (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Led, driven along and stayed on final 2f, headed close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Sin Bin (11-1) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Chasing Aces 25-1 (10-11) Chased leader, mistake 3rd, blundered 6th, blundered 2 out, soon lost 2nd, weakened on long run to last, 5th of 13, 28l behind Marcus Antonius (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Joseph Mercer (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Tr ldrs, prog to 2nd 3out, qcknd bef last, kow, won at Kirkistown 3m ire ptp gs in Nov beating Following Dreams (11-7) by 10l, 12 ran.
Mighty Mambo 7-1 (10-13) Mid-division on inside, chased leaders 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression, 5th of 12, 14l behind Ile De Re (11-9) at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Millers Reef (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, struggling 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, 33l behind Princely Player (11-2) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 15-8fav (11-2) Led, clear 2nd until 6th, headed 3 out, stayed on, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Red Inca (10-7) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Paddy Whitelands 6-4 (11-7) Bhnd til pu 15, in a race won by Gypsy Mark (12-0) at Woodford 3m ptp gd in Apr '10, 8 ran.
Polurrian (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, not fluent next, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Ile De Re (11-9) at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Wings Of Icarus (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, effort on inside 3 out, ridden to chase leading pair after next, one pace when not fluent last, no impression flat, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 11, 9l behind Holywell (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Sylas Ings 3-1 (9-1) Off the pace in 5th, ridden and struggling inside final 4f, last of 7, 21l behind Asterales (8-8) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb (flat).