GAS LINE BOY made a winning start under Rules at Wincanton and he'll have no problems with the easier surface here. Philip Hobbs' six-year-old can confirm that running with fourth Billy No Name and double up at the main expense of Alberobello, who only found one too good over 3m here two weeks ago. Atlantic Roller had decent form in bumpers last season and should be winning soon while Salmanazar won in that sphere at Towcester in February and is another with plenty of scope. They are preferred to former pointer The Potting Shed.
Gas Line Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) With leader, led and not fluent 3 out, clear before last, kept on well, ridden out, won at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Subtle Sovereign (11-0) by 7l, 12 ran.
Alberobello (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) Raced keenly, soon prominent on outside, led 7th, headed narrowly 4 out, ridden and stayed on to lead again narrowly when hung left flat, headed post, 2nd of 8, hd behind Highland Retreat (10-4) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Atlantic Roller (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Led, veered badly left soon after start, soon headed, took keen hold, chased leaders, challenged and not much room well over 1f out, soon switched left, chased winner over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Three Old Amigos (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in May.
Billy No Name (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, soon tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along before 2 out, kept on same pace, jumped left last, 4th of 12, 16l behind Gas Line Boy (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Castleboy Warrior (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, weakened after 4 out, last of 10, well behind Bold Henry (11-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in May.
De La Bech 13-2 (10-12) Hampered 1st, took keen hold, held up in last pair, steady headway 7th, no impression next, 5th of 10, 31l behind Awaywiththegreys (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Salmanazar 7-2 (10-9) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led 1f out, driven out, won at Towcester 2m mdn nhf (6) gs in Feb beating Menintights (11-4) by 1l, 13 ran.
The Potting Shed (IRE) Evens (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 3rd gng well from 6th, prog to disp when ldft in ld 3out, hdd bef last where mstk, no ex flat, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Heathfield (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.