Point-to-point winner COWARDS CLOSE made a successful return from a lay-off to beat a previous winner at Exeter. That was only his second start under Rules so there should be more to come and he can defy his penalty, though a couple of his rivals aren't without ability. Native Colony needs to rediscover his best form and has something to find with Peterbrown on Plumpton running but the less-exposed No Buts appears to be improving and should go well.
Cowards Close (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr beating Return Spring (11-6) by 5l, 9 ran.
Native Colony 12-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, lost place before 8th, struggling and no chance after, tailed off, 6th of 9, 19l behind E Street Boy (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
No Buts 12-1 (11-0) With leader early, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, kept on to go 4th before last, no impression, 4th of 9, 15l behind Darley Sun (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Peterbrown (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Pressed leader, hit 4th, led and hit 8th, headed next, chased leaders until weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 8l behind E Street Boy (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Phar Away Island (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) In touch on outside, outpaced 3 out, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Sure Thing (11-12) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr, 16 ran.