Opening Batsman appears to be improving but will need another personal best to defy what appears a stiff mark on handicap debut. Lets Get Serious is lightly raced but also has his fair share of weight but Howizee ran a cracker from out of the handicap at Haydock last Saturday and, effectively 4lb lower here, should play a part if fully recovered. SAINGLEND had some pretty decent form last season and there's no reason why he won't go close again here. He's gone up 7lb for his Stratford win but the booking of McCoy for this suggest connections think he is still reasonably handicapped. Bunclody, second on his first try over this trip at Bangor last month, and the unexposed Alpha Victor are others to consider.
Lightning Strike (GER) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 5th, went 3rd under pressure before 2 out, no impression when went right last, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Theologist (9-13) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Well Regarded (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, outpaced next, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 19, 11l behind Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan.
Viking Blond (FR) 12-1 (10-0) Mistake 1st, towards rear, slow 3rd, tailed off 13th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Tidal Bay (11-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Apr, 19 ran.
Lets Get Serious (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Chased leadrs, went 2nd before 3 out, challenged 3 out, driven after 2 out, no chance with winner soon after, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Poole Master (11-5) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Opening Batsman (IRE) 11-8 (10-13) Led, driven before mistake and narrowly headed 2 out, stayed challenging and edged right under pressure before last, rallied to lead last, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Hindon Road (10-11) by 1l, 5 ran.
E Major 25-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, pushed along before 7th, soon outpaced, 5th of 20, 35l behind Valento (10-11) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Sainglend 11-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on, won at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Double Ross (11-6) by 5l, 14 ran.
The Sliotar (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, jumped left 10th, soon pushed along, weakened before 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Bakbenscher (11-7) at Exeter 3m grd chs (5yo+) (2) sft in Feb '11, 6 ran.
Distime (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Mid-division, pushed along 8th, headway 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 16, 13l behind Allthekingshorses (11-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Storm Survivor (IRE) 15-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, effort after 4 out, weakened after next, 10th of 16, 20l behind Allthekingshorses (11-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Saticon 33-1 (11-11) Held up behind and raced wide, jumped slow 5th, headway next, switched to rail after last, kept on, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Radetsky March (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Bunclody 16-1 (11-9) Led, not fluent 5th, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Staccato Valtat (10-6) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Howizee 25-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, challenged 3 out, every chance 2 out, ridden before last, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 18, hd behind American Spin (10-13) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) sft.
Alpha Victor (IRE) 11-1 (11-8) Prominent, led 4th, headed next, stayed close up, ridden and 4 lengths down 2 out, closed to within 1 length flat, held towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Papamoa (10-6) at Perth 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Apr.
Hawaii Klass 18-1 (11-8) Held up mid-division, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Howizee (10-10) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
All That Remains (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, weakened quickly from 6th, soon detached and pulled up, in a race won by Howizee (10-10) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
Pericoloso (IRE) 15-8fav (11-1) Raced wide, chased leader until 2nd, went 2nd again before 7th until next, led before 3 out, in command after 2 out, idled, kept on well flat, won at Ludlow 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Apr beating Little Fritz (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Whispering Jack 4-1fav (10-9) Ran in snatches, in touch 3 out, weakened before next, eased, pulled up before last, in a race won by Kasbadali (11-0) at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 16 ran.
Top Dancer (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 6th, not fluent next, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 13, 27l behind Benheir (11-6) at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Nom de Guerre (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Led, headed after 9th, tracked leader, led again 14th, ridden after last, kept on well, won at Wincanton 3m 1f nov chs (4) gf in Apr '10 beating Now Listen To Me (10-12) by 2l, 3 ran.