This looks a decent bumper with plenty of chances. Belmount gives weight away all round on the back of a smooth Towcester success but this does look tougher, although another good performance is anticipated. At First Light also faces a harder challenge than when scoring over course and distance on debut whilst Irish pointer Abbeygrey is an interesting recruit for Evan Williams and should be carefully monitored in the betting. All four newcomers also demand a market check but SHANTOU BOB is the choice. He represents the burgeoning Greatrex/Sheehan combination and looked useful when posting a cheeky debut success on his sole start in an Irish point prior to joining current connections.
Belmount (IRE) 5-4fav (11-2) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr beating Danvinnie (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Abbeygrey (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Alw pr, disp 2out, ld last, idled late, ko best, won at Maralin 3m ire ptp in Nov beating Novus Ordo (11-9) by nk, 12 ran.
At First Light 14-1 (10-8) Made all, raced on inside in back straight, came clear 2f out, ridden final furlong, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) hvy in Apr beating Millanisi Boy (11-4) by 6l, 4 ran.
Coinage (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed and stayed on same pace entering final furlong, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Delgany Demon (10-11) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Curious Carlos Overbury gelding out of Classi Maureen.
Landsker Jac Dreams End horse out of Landsker Pryde.
Loves Blind (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Chased leader until over 4f out, chased leaders, weakened quickly over 3f out, 9th of 11, 23l behind Simon Squirrel (10-12) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Shantou Bob (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Last & ww until 13th from 6out, smooth prog 4out & 4th 3out, went fair 3rd bef 2out & so bef last to ld nr fin, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec beating The Mythologist (12-2) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Super Sam 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden and effort over 2f out, faded final furlong, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Thomas Brown (11-10) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
The Geegeez Geegee (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Shanann Lady.
Doctor Look Here (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, ran wide on bend after 2f, lost place 7f out, well behind over 4f out, stayed on from 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Binge Drinker (10-9) at Chepstow 2m (6) hvy in Feb.
Wilberdragon Kayf Tara gelding out of Swaythe.