Lamb's Cross is tried in blinkers in an attempt to recapture his best form. Acapulco Bay was only beaten a length off this mark at Uttoxeter around this time last year but Devil's Dyke has the better recent form having finished second on soft going at Ffos Las last week. Jigsaw Financial won twice over a longer trip here last year and was third at Towcester last month so also enters calculations. TABLE BLUFF looks the type to improve as he gains experience and Nico de Boinville's claim will help him here. He ran a lot better on good ground at Southwell last time and could run well at decent odds in an ordinary handicap.
Lamb's Cross 25-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, dropped to rear 9th, soon lost touch, tailed off 11th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Entertain Me (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr, 9 ran.
Yazdi (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace when slightly hampered 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 10, 39l behind Orangeaday (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Acapulco Bay 12-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, outpaced before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 7th of 12, 25l behind August Hill (11-7) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Devil's Dyke (USA) 7-2 (11-10) Held up in close 5th, chased leaders after 3rd (normal 4 out, went 2nd after omitted 2 out, challenged bypassing omitted last, one pace and held final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Rafafie (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Pistolet Noir (FR) 14-1 (11-9) Prominent, led 3rd until before next, ridden and every chance 3 out, weakened flat, 7th of 18, 13l behind Dalmo (11-9) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Sweet Sugar (FR) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, effort after 4 out, some headway next, never dangerous, 5th of 16, 32l behind Storm Brig (11-10) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb '11.
Table Bluff (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway 3 out, mistake 2 out, in 5th and one pace before last, 5th of 10, 17l behind Sir Valentino (10-9) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
General Ross (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, weakened from 6 out, 9th of 11, well behind Lord Landen (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Iguacu 33-1 (10-13) Held up in last pair, struggling 5th, never on terms, 7th of 9, 18l behind Polstar (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Seas Of Green 8-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2 out, no impression when dropped to 3rd before last, weakened into 4th towards finish, 4th of 8, 8l behind Queen Spud (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Jigsaw Financial (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, mid-division, headway approaching 5th, 5th 2 out, went 3rd after last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 18, 8l behind Dalmo (11-9) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Kruseman 40-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, effort 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 17l behind Tiradia (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Catching Zeds 9-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, ridden when mistake 3 out, no extra from 2 out, not fluent last, 5th of 7, 16l behind Back To Paris (10-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct '11.
Toe To Toe (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Held up behind, took keen hold, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Polo Springs (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Etania 2-1 (9-9) In rear, mistake 4 out, outpaced after 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace, last of 4, 11l behind Epee Celeste (9-9) at Towcester 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Tantalized 50-1 (10-9) Close to tape when it was released, tried to jump it and unseated rider, in a race won by Hazy Tom (10-9) at Southwell 2m n h flat (3) std in Feb, 6 ran.
Maxdelas (FR) 18-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, never able to challenge, 3rd of 15, 11l behind Tiradia (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Recway Lass 4-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, soon tracked winner until 3 out, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 8, 38l behind Hi Dancer (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.