Another bumper turn-out with Mister Dillon and Cross Kennon out to boost the form of last month's Pertemps Final. Mister Dillon's stablemate Heronry arrives off the back of a victory in a conditionals' race at Ascot when Azure Fly was third. Trackmate may need this but Kayserberg, Berkeley Barron and Minellahalfcentury are others with recent winning form to their name. Imperial Leader's run at Kempton last time was too bad to be true as he'd earlier finished third to Fingal Bay over this longer trip at Exeter and has claims on that run. UPSWING found the step up to 3m1f at Newbury last time to his liking and he stayed on well to score. He's only been raised 4lb and Maurice Linehan's claim takes care of that so there's no reason why Jonjo O'Neill's six-year-old won't be in the firing-line again here as he has more to offer.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Towards rear, outpaced 3 out, headway into mid-division next, never nearer, 12th of 28, 12l behind Whisper (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Mister Dillon 20-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway under presure 2 out, chased leaders before last, kept on same pace, no impression, 7th of 23, 5l behind Fingal Bay (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
Cross Kennon (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Prominent, disputed lead 6th, led narrowly next, went right 2 out, soon ridden, headed approaching last, weakened flat, 10th of 23, 9l behind Fingal Bay (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
Heronry (IRE) 7-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, led after 3 out, hard pressed from next, hard ridden last, just held on, won at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar beating Kris Spin (11-9) by ns, 17 ran.
Trackmate 9-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, not much room 9th, headway 2 out, switched left approaching last, led flat, driven out, won at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct beating Benbane Head (11-2) by hd, 20 ran.
Kaysersberg (FR) 10-3fav (11-12) Chased leaders, led before 2 out, ridden last, held on near finish, won at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Mar beating Azure Fly (11-0) by nk, 9 ran.
Berkeley Barron (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in last trio, poor 7th and plenty to do before 2 out, strong run on inside after 2 out to lead between last 2, 2 lengths ahead and going strongly when left clear last, driven out, won at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Mar beating Phone Home (11-2) by 7l, 9 ran.
Ballyculla (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd or 8th, some headway after 4 out, no impression from next, 5th of 12, 19l behind Uncle Jimmy (10-1) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Upswing (IRE) 11-4fav (11-1) Held up in last pair, steady headway on inside approaching 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, over 2 lengths to find approaching last, stayed on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, won at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb beating Rydon Pynes (10-12) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Cannon Fodder 25-1 (11-6) Mid-division, ridden 4 out, weakened next, 18th of 20, 50l behind Carole's Destrier (11-6) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Azure Fly (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, blundered 4 out, headway before 2 out, chasing leaders when hung right under pressure after last, no extra, 3rd of 17, 10l behind Heronry (11-2) at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Timesishard (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway before 7th, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, well behind Wayward Glance (11-4) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Minellahalfcentury (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) Made all, pushed along before joined last, ridden and came clear flat, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb beating Bob Tucker (10-4) by 2l, 9 ran.
Imperial Leader (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division, mistake 5th, soon lost place, 15th of 20, 44l behind Carole's Destrier (11-6) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Angles Hill (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) 12th of 19, 29l behind Here's Herbie (10-10) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Up For An Oscar (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Prominent, led 2 out, headed before last, no extra towards finish, 5th of 20, 6l behind Trackmate (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway 5 out, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, 30l behind Heavenstown (10-6) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Heavenstown (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Led until 4 out, chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 11, 23l behind Double Double (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy.
Coronea Lilly (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Tracked leader until 5th, lost place approaching 3 out, soon well beaten, 8th of 10, 25l behind Bull And Bush (11-9) at Towcester 3m (3) gs in Mar.
Kingsmere 25-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear on inside, headway after 6th, disputing 4th last, stayed on same pace flat, 6th of 19, 10l behind Home Run (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.