Flat-bred DIAMOND KING hosed up on his debut at Wetherby without being asked a serious question. The good ground should be no problem and he should be able to defy his penalty. When Ben When was second at Towcester last month, despite exhibiting signs of inexperience. He'll know more here while Fairweather Friend was third in a mares' race at Carlisle last month, though a bigger danger might be Rebecca Curtis' four-year-old Henry Vaughan as he's a half-brother to useful chaser Leanne. Flemensmix and Peter are nicely bred but may need more time.
Diamond King (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, quickened clear final 2f, eased towards finish, impressive, won at Wetherby 2m mdn nhf (6) sft in Feb beating Willpower (10-9) by 16l, 12 ran.
Flemensmix Flemensfirth gelding out of Perfect Mix.
Peter Kayf Tara gelding out of Tisho.
Secure Investment Alflora gelding out of Ivy Edith.
Henry Vaughan (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Nagillah.
When Ben When (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Held up in touch in rear, headway on outside 10f out, led and hung left from 3f out, hung badly left towards paddock exit inside final furlong, soon headed, held after, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Devenish Island (11-3) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Amber Beat Beat All mare out of Running For Kerry.
Fairweather Friend 2-1fav (10-7) Held up in rear and keen, headway before 2f out, chased winner before final furlong, lost 2nd place entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Run Ructions Run (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd in Mar.
Pandy 11-2 (10-4) Held up in touch in rear, headway over 7f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 30l behind Salto Chisco (11-4) at Haydock 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.