NUBAR BOY forced the much higher-rated Justonefortheroad to pull out all the stops in a seller at Beverley last time. Eight lengths clear of the remainder, Ian Williams' charge looks sure to run his race which is more than can be said for most of these. Cravat scored at Lingfield in between distinctly modest efforts while Colour My World has been placed in a couple of lowly handicaps at Wolverhampton of late. Ewell Place has slipped down the weights and Ryan Moore's presence suggests a return to form is expected while Bapak Muda scored off a higher mark here last season, though both wins to date have been over 6f.
Thistleandtworoses (USA) 16-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 20l behind Piceno (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Nubar Boy 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Justonefortheroad (9-6) at Beverley 1m sell stks (6) gd.
Strong Conviction 28-1 (9-3) Led, headed 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 14l behind Ifan (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Cravat 15-8fav (9-8) Held up, closed 3f out, ridden over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 6, 6l behind Hill Of Dreams (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Bapak Muda (USA) 14-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 15, 7l behind Trade Secret (9-2) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Ewell Place (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Pressed leader until led over 5f out, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Dandarrell (8-12) at Southwell 1m (6) fbs in Mar.
Docofthebay (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Dwelt, towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 17l behind Magnolia Ridge (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Mar.
Colour My World 9-2 (9-7) Led, clear over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Ellaal (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Mccool Bannanas 20-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders on outside, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 22l behind Caramack (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.