NECK OR NOTHING is penalised for his win at Punchestown last year. Outclassed in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on his first start for Philip Hobbs, he looks good enough to take care of today's rivals back at this level. The Cider Maker went close over track and trip last month and Thistlecrack ran well here on his debut at this time last year. Vinnie The Pooh has the more recent form with a fifth on the Turf at Kempton and Carole's Lord showed up in the early stages of his debut outing at Warwick last month.
Neck Or Nothing (GER) 20-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway into mid-division over 3f out, ridden 2f out, never a threat, 12th of 22, 16l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Carole's Lord 7-2 (11-4) Chased leader until 5f out, remained chasing leaders, pushed along over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 8, 10l behind King's Tempest (11-4) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Loukhaar (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Gold Air.
Picodean 16-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 6th of 11, 48l behind Foryourinformation (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Singh Is King 33-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden and one pace over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 20l behind Broughtons Rhythm (11-3) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
The Geegeez Geegee (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Shanann Lady.
Thistlecrack 9-2 (11-2) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, soon ridden to challenge, stayed on to go 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Foggy's Wall (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Apr '13.
Vinnie The Pooh (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, kept on well closing stages, never nearer, 5th of 12, 11l behind Miles To Memphis (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Charming Charlie (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Baile An Droichid.
Do We Like Him (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Pattern Queen.
The Cider Maker 6-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd halfway until ridden in 3rd over 2f out, rallied to chase winner final furlong, strong challenge near finish, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Earthmoves (10-10) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Southfield Belle (IRE) 7-2 (10-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 13l behind Celestial Island (10-9) at Lingfield 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Feb '13.