Royal Riviera came with a right rattle under the champion trainer's new stable jockey last time to score here and the combination will prove a tough nut to crack off just a 4lb higher mark. However, this does rate a more competitive affair and the consistent DARK GLACIER is narrowly preferred. He enjoyed a decent campaign last time around, looks on a feasible mark and may just represent better value against the likely favourite. Stable companion Strumble Head is sure to come good at some stage during the summer season but may need this outing whilst the frustrating Our Island continues to promise rather than deliver. He'd be a real threat to all if getting his form back on track off his current mark.
Copper Birch (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place after 3rd, soon in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Toubeera (11-1) at Haydock 3m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Sir Mattie (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Behind, outpaced 5 out, headway into 5th when blundered 3 out, never near leaders, 6th of 13, well behind Satou (10-13) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Our Island (IRE) 2-1fav (11-11) Led 1st until before 6th, reminder next, strong reminders after 9th, weakened before 4 out, 4th of 5, 25l behind Royal Riviera (10-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Carloswayback (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, moderate 7th 4 out, soon ridden, no impression from 2 out, 6th of 10, 23l behind Knock Beauty (10-2) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Mar.
Bendant 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, went 2nd next until not fluent 5 out, lost place next, well held from 3 out, last of 6, 11l behind Ratify (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Aqualung (FR) 6-4fav (11-12) Led, headed narrowly 8th, led again 10th, made rest, not fluent 4 out, drew readily clear approaching 2 out, eased flat, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Jul '12 beating Bobby Bullock (11-4) by 11l, 5 ran.
Strumble Head (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Led until first, tracked leader until ridden and lost two places 7th, struggling next, behind when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Present View (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 11-8fav (11-6) Towards rear, blundered 10th, ridden before 3 out, in 3rd and one pace, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Frank The Slink (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Apr.
Robin Will (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Held up detached in rear, badly hampered on bend after 6th, lost touch 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Upham Atom (11-10) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
My Dads Horse 20-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, mistake 9th, effort 5 out, weakened next, 5th of 7, well behind Sixty Something (10-11) at Bangor 3m nov chs (4) gs in Mar.
Royal Riviera 9-2 (10-11) Held up in last, not fluent 4th, mistake 14th, headway approaching 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged last, led flat, held on, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Mar beating Victory Gunner (10-12) by nk, 5 ran.
Miss Saffron 10-1 (10-3) Held up behind when badly hampered and unseated rider on bend after 6th, in a race won by Upham Atom (11-10) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 12 ran.