Well Mett finally came good in a seller at Worcester earlier this week. He won easily but has a penalty to carry here, which might be a problem. Laughton Park won a conditionals' race at Plumpton in March but this looks a little more competitive with Regal Approach hinting at a return to form when third at Chepstow, though the latter needs more to reverse that form with BARTON GIFT. John Spearing's gelding is running well and Nico De Boinville's claim is a big factor in his favour here. He's preferred to Cara Court, disappointing when pulled up at Hexham last time and probably in the handicapper's grip now.
Well Mett (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Made all, not fluent 4th, clear before 3 out, unchallenged, won at Worcester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gd in Apr beating Lauberhorn (11-4) by 14l, 7 ran.
Laughton Park 16-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar beating Douchkirk (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Regal Approach (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) In touch in mid-division, headway 2nd, not fluent 3rd, ridden in 3rd 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Earcomesthedream (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Barton Gift 7-2fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway before 6th, outpaced before 3 out, rallied 2 out, went 2nd flat, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Earcomesthedream (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Cara Court (IRE) 4-1fav (11-5) Started last, soon mid-division, close up 4th, challenged after 6th, led before 7th, headed 9th, lost place 5 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Pyjama Game (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Apr, 18 ran.
Grovemere (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) In touch in mid-division, losing place when blundered 8th, soon struggling in rear, tailed off 10th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Oddjob (11-6) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
General Ross (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Prominent, not fluent 5th or 6th, lost place before 8th where not fluent, soon well behind, last of 12, well behind Samingarry (11-1) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Milosam (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Behind, reminder 6th, chased leaders under pressure after bypassed 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 15, 16l behind Gilzean (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Share Option 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, one pace 2 out, no impression, 6th of 16, 11l behind Signed Request (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Blue Cove 33-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 8th of 14, 48l behind Cara Court (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Illegale (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Took keen hold, in touch, headway to chase leaders 5th, went 2nd before 3 out, soon no chance with easy winner, mistake last, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Signed Request (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.