A P McCoy rides February's Southwell winner Regal Encore for retainer J P McManus but his mount faces no easy task here under a penalty. Taunton scorer Until Winning likewise but there will be plenty of interest in winning pointer McIlhatton on his first start for Paul Nicholls while Minella Definitely also has a win between the flags to his name. BE BOP BORU looks a likely type on breeding and can make a winning start for Tim Vaughan as Bluegrass Bid was comfortably brushed aside when second to Too Generous at Newton Abbot last month. Amifunnyyet may be best of the rest.
Regal Encore (IRE) 4-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, headway over 4f out, challenged on bit over 2f out, led over 1f out, easily, won at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb beating Ron (10-8) by 2l, 11 ran.
Until Winning (FR) 12-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Taunton 2m 1f cond NH flat (5) gs in Feb beating Foggy's Wall (10-0) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Amifunnyyet Helissio gelding out of Flying Form.
Be Bop Boru (IRE) Brian Boru gelding out of Henrietta Howard.
Bluegrass Bid (USA) 9-2 (11-2) Held up in 5th, went 3rd over 5f out, went 2nd 3f out, no chance with unchallenged winner, edged left final 2f, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Too Generous (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Sep.
Haveumistim 40-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 21l behind Azure Fly (11-4) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Mcllhatton (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Ld, hdd bef 2out, 6l 2nd & btn when lft in ld last, no ex flat & jnd on line, won at Liscarroll 2m ire ptp gd in Mar deadheating with Hannibal The Great (11-7), 9 ran.
Minella Definitely (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Rcd 2nd/3rd, chall aftr 2out, cl 2nd to last & switched flat, so, no ex nr fin; Fin second, promoted to first, won at Inch 3m ire ptp gd in Apr beating Overbury Prince (12-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Not Yet Hartley Relief Pitcher gelding out of Beinn Mohr.
Pwll Melyn 12-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, weakened over 6f out, soon tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Third Of The Third (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Sep.
Strawberry Hill (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Hdwy 7; ev ch 3 out; one pce, 4th of 16, 9l behind Sherminator (12-0) at Larkhill 3m ptp sft in Feb '11.
Tedney Express (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Persian Argument.