Ohio Gold, runner-up to Ballabriggs at Wincanton in January, performed with credit subsequently in Grade 1 and 2 company at Cheltenham and looks a nice prospect. His stable have yet to strike form, however, unlike those of Paul Nicholls and Philip Hobbs. The former is represented by Merrion Square, who comfortably won his only start between the flags, while NUTIN FANCY represents Hobbs and he also won an Irish point before landing a bumper at Downpatrick. The latter just gets the vote though there are numerous dangers including dual winning point-to-pointer Knock A Hand and the four-year-old Albert Stroller, a newcomer from the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard that can do no wrong at present.
Albert Stroller Fair Mix gelding out of Persistent Gunner.
Ballintubber Cross (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Cl up, 8th 5out, prog in 6th bef 3out untiol 4th up bef last, went 3rd cl home, 3rd of 16, 5l behind Friendly Society (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Nov '10.
Knock A Hand (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no real impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind One Term (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Medic Man (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) 4th of 10, well behind Flanshan (12-0) at Larkhill 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Merrion Square (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 6th 1/2way, gd prog into 3rd 2out, kow to ld last, comfortably, won at Lemonfield 3m ire ptp gs in Mar beating Ballywatt (12-0) by 1l, 11 ran.
Nutin Fancy (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, soon 3rd, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to lead 1 1/2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat sft in Mar beating Baileys Ruffit (11-2) by 5l, 7 ran.
Ohio Gold (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, brief effort on outside 3 out, outpaced next, never on terms, 8th of 12, 12l behind First Lieutenant (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Prime Edition (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) 5th of 9, 18l behind Banagher (12-0) at Cilwendeg 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Prince Of Dreams 12-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 3rd, slightly hampered 5th, good headway after 3 out, went 3rd last, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Highway Code (11-6) at Warwick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Radmores Sam Evans 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden 8f out, weakened over 6f out, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Hildisvini (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Salberto (FR) Alberto Giacometti gelding out of Ipsala.
Shabby Chic (IRE) Anshan gelding out of Evening Fashion.
Small Fly (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, jumped left, niggled along after 5th, stayed on same pace from 2 out, never able to challenge, last of 3, 6l behind Run Along Boy (10-12) at Towcester 2m nov hdl (4) fm in Oct.
Tis Only Drizzle 12-1 (11-7) Ap; led 5-14; led cl home, won at Cherrybrook 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Bradley Brook (11-7) by hd, 8 ran.
Newport Rose 20-1 (10-9) Pressed leader, led 6f out to 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Western Approaches (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f mares n h flat (5) gd in May.
Regal Brook 28-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, well behind Crowning Jewel (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.