Having looked a promising bumper performer, Rouquine Sauvage has failed to convince over timber and the Honeyball team remains quiet, whilst Less Time looks a typical long-term Jonjo O'Neill project in the making. Bonobo was consistent in Irish bumper company for Kevin Prendergast and showed a resolute attitude when obliging at Tramore last October. He's since joined Evan Williams and is an interesting prospect for the new season but may just need this after over 200 days away from the track. MILORD must be the frustration of Kim Bailey's life but he's been unlucky too so let's hope the new season delivers better fortune. His recent Ascot fourth in a decent novice hurdle confirmed his ability and he's afforded another chance here.
Back By Midnight 11-4fav (10-10) Took keen hold, not that fluent, tracked leaders, went 2nd from 4th, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Gaye Memories (10-8) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Bonobo (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd 5f out, ridden in 4th over 2f out, stayed on and close in 3rd 1f out, led final 150 yards, kept on well under pressure, won at Tramore 2m N H flat gd in Oct beating Perrie Hill (11-7) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Jaunty Inflight 100-1 (10-10) Held up, took keen hold, not fluent 4th, last when mistake 6th, tailed off before 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Robbers Roost (11-0) at Chepstow 3m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 6 ran.
King Of Jazz (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, pushed along and went poor 3rd after 4 out, tailed off, 3rd of 6, well behind Lookslikerainted (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Apr.
Less Time (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 7th of 15, 36l behind Saint Jerome (10-13) at Warwick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Milord (GER) 8-1 (11-1) Behind, blundered 6th, ridden and headway 3 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 6l behind Simply A Legend (11-1) at Ascot 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Miracle Cure (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Took keen hold in touch, weakened after 3 out, 11th of 17, 44l behind Oscar Hoof (11-7) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Suffice (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Always in rear, 8th of 10, well behind Hint Of Mint (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
The Sweetener (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Held up behind, outpaced over 4f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 27l behind Son Of Suzie (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Portmonarch (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Prominent, led after 1f, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 13l behind Prospera (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep (flat).
Force To Spend 100-1 (10-5) Towards rear, fell 1st, in a race won by Thunder Sheik (10-6) at Worcester 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) gd in Jun, 12 ran.
Rouquine Sauvage 10-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, ridden and no impression before 4 out, 11th of 12, 44l behind Morning Reggie (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.