Oranger was only beaten a length at Market Rasen after winning at Ludlow and should also be in the firing-line here. Goring Two has proved disappointing this term, however, while Inner Steel returns from a break and Tchang Goon tends to find little in the closing stages and is a long-standing maiden. UPTON MEAD has won twice at Plumpton since the turn of the year but also knows where the winning post is here. He failed to land the hat-trick last time but wasn't disgraced and, with Conor Shoemark claiming 7lb, has to go close in this.
Inner Steel (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Held up in rear, steady headway 6th, chased winner 2 out, soon no chance, mistake last, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Who Owns Me (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Bolachoir (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led 8th until next, chased leader until after 11th, chased leaders, blundered 15th, steadily weakened, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Merrion Square (11-9) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Watergate (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led until approaching 4th, chased leaders, led again 6th, mistake and headed 9th, chased winner, went right 3 out, dropped to 3rd next, weakened to 4th well before last, 4th of 9, 25l behind Upton Mead (9-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Francis Du Mesnil (FR) 25-1 (10-1) In rear, steady headway approaching 11th, well held when bumped 3 out, beaten when went left next, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Speedy Bruere (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Goring Two (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, remindes after 8th, outpaced 4 out, weakened before next, 4th of 5, 33l behind Join The Navy (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Mar.
Upton Mead (IRE) 9-2 (10-3) In touch in 4th, chased winner from last, no impression, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Last Shot (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Oranger (FR) 2-1fav (10-3) Close up, chased winner 4th until 4 out, rallied last, driven to challenge run in, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Topaze Collonges (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.
Petrarchick (USA) 16-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, weakened 3 out, 9th of 12, 37l behind Midnight Lira (10-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Feb.
Whitcombe Spirit 8-1 (9-11) Chased leading pair in 4th, not fluent 13th, went 3rd next, stayed on same pace and no impression from 3 out, weakened to 4th at the last, 4th of 5, 19l behind Might As Well (10-9) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Tchang Goon (FR) 20-1 (10-0) In touch in 4th, effort before 3 out, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 14l behind Last Shot (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Mar.