It could be that Ancient Times is just a few pounds too high at present, though he won't be far away again. Or D'Oudaires is still struggling to get his head back in front but Civil Unrest hinted at a revival at Newcastle last time and makes more appeal than the out-of-form Bene Lad and Flying Squad. PAPA CARUSO is only a couple of pounds higher than when scoring at Newcastle in December and won't be fazed by the quicker ground - he can defy top weight.
Papa Caruso 9-1 (11-9) Held up behind in touch, mistake 4th, headway after 8th, went 2nd and challenged before 4 out, soon ridden, outpaced next, rallied and every chance on inside when not fluent last, no extra flat, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Blazing Bull (10-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Bene Lad (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 8, 37l behind Jack The Gent (11-12) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Flying Squad (UAE) 20-1 (9-12) Prominent, not fluent, lost place 6th, behind 12th, pulled up before 14th, in a race won by You Know Yourself (11-4) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Civil Unrest (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Pressed leader, led 6th, headed narrowly 4 out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance until not quicken approaching last, no impression in clear 2nd flat, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Riskier (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Classic Cut 7-1 (10-12) Led to 5th, chased leaders, weakened from 11th, 8th of 13, well behind Blazing Bull (10-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Behind, mistake 1st, soon driven, hard ridden 5 out, headway after 2 out, chased leaders last, every chance flat, kept on well, nearest finish, 4th of 7, 1l behind Diamond Frontier (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gd in Apr.
Or d'Oudairies (FR) 4-1 (9-11) Prominent, led before 5th, headed next, slow 8th, rallied 2 out, led again after last, headed and no extra last strides, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Diamond Frontier (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gd in Apr.
Ancient Times (USA) 5-4fav (11-3) Led, ridden and headd before 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Mootabar (10-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Mar.