Despite top weight, the unexposed Don't Be Late must have a chance in a weak-looking finale. Zelos Diktator won at Southwell and Stratford in the spring while Grovemere was second over a longer trip here 10 days ago and can race off the same mark today. MUMBLES PIER came back to form with a second at Plumpton and looks the pick of the weights here on his old form. With the ground in his favour, he's preferred to Princesse Fleur who must improve again on her shock victory over track and trip last time if she's to follow up off a 7lb higher mark.
Don't Be Late (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Prominent, not fluent and short of room 1st, led 3 out, soon headed, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 12, 15l behind Thinger Licht (10-6) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Zelos Diktator 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, not much room and faltered on bend after 6th, soon behind, no danger after, 9th of 16, well behind Sure Thing (11-12) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Grovemere (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, ridden afetr 3rd, challenged 8th, led after 4 out, joined 2 out, headed narrowly last, soon led again, headed final 100 yards, held close home, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Kilrush (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Shinko Moon 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened before last, 4th of 13, 17l behind Bells Of Berlin (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Anton Dolin (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, weakened approaching 3 out, 11th of 12, 35l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Taqaat (USA) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened after 3 out, 8th of 11, 40l behind Church Field (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Whenever 33-1 (11-7) In touch, reminders before 3rd, towards rear and struggling after next, tailed off 5th, 9th of 15, well behind Farbreaga (11-7) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Princesse Fleur 25-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, driven out, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Emerald Rose (11-9) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd going well 3 out, led soon after, mistake and headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Marico (10-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Oscars Law 125-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, ridden and struggling after 6th, jumped left and mistake 3 out when well beaten, 10th of 15, well behind Oyster Shell (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd.
Notcantdoit (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, jumped right and bumped 1st, mistake 3rd, lost place before 4th, not fluent 5th, last next, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Titch Strider (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs, 10 ran.
Sommersturm (GER) 2-1fav (10-6) Always prominent on outside, disputed 2nd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Tickatack (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan '12, 15 ran.
Princesse Katie (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Close up, reminders before 4 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, well behind Beforeall (11-9) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Daddy'slittlegirl 16-1 (9-7) Led, wandered into 1st, headed 4th, ridden 7th, weakened after 4 out, mistake 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Moscow Mule (10-2) at Towcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 9 ran.