Chepstow winner Sankyouplease may struggle under a penalty, though Jack Sherwood again takes off 7lb, and we prefer IN THE GATE. His third to Briar Hill at Thurles in January was franked when the winner landed the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. Steel City has shown some promise but newcomers Thomas Junior and Nash Point, a half-brother to Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude, are more interesting and the latter looks the pick of Tim Vaughan's two runners ahead of Balotti.
Sankyouplease (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division on inside, headway when hung left over 4f out, led over 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 2m Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) gs in Feb beating Sweet Like You (10-5) by 3l, 12 ran.
Balotti (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Have At It.
In The Gate (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden early straight and no impression from well over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Briar Hill (11-12) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Jan.
Steel City 50-1 (11-4) Prominent in chasing group, pushed along over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 22l behind Tradewinds (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Western Xpress (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Lockersleybay.
Jaunty Inflight Busy Flight gelding out of Jaunty Walk.
Nash Point (IRE) Kris Kin gelding out of Ten Dollar Bill.
Thomas Junior (FR) Dylan Thomas colt out of Smiling.