KATACHENKO made all and stayed on strongly when stepped up to 2m4f at Musselburgh in February. This is a stiff track so the slight drop back in distance shouldn't be a problem and the defection of stablemate Desoto County looks to have left the way open for a follow-up. Another Mattie has been placed in five of his seven starts but may have to settle for being in the frame again, despite receiving 7lb. Serenity Now hasn't shown much over timber so far and Varene De Vauzelle makes his hurdling debut.
Desoto County 6-4fav (11-6) In touch, left in 2nd 5 out, slow 3 out, effort after next, stayed on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Irish Cavalier (11-7) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Katachenko (IRE) 7-4fav (11-3) Made all, jumped left, clear 2 out, easily, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb beating Gurkha Brave (11-3) by 12l, 5 ran.
Another Mattie (IRE) 9-4fav (10-5) Held up behind, headway on outside 5th, effort 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on towards finish, just failed for 2nd, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Great Link (9-12) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Apache Pilot 200-1 (10-11) Led before 2nd, took keen hold, headed 4th, weakened after 4 out, in rear and tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Fennell Bay (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 7 ran.
Crofton Lane 100-1 (10-11) In rear and keen, pushed along halfway, soon tailed off, last of 6, well behind Claiming Benefits (10-13) at Hexham 2m cond NH flat (6) hvy in Oct '12.
Serenity Now (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Hampered 1st, behind, driven 2 out, kept on under pressure before last, never reached leaders, 5th of 13, 17l behind Kelvingrove (10-2) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Varene De Vauzelle (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Palermo Don (10-9) at Haydock 2m nhf (5) gd in Mar.
Maraweh (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Dwelt in touch, ridden 5f out, weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Norway Cross (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) hvy in Oct (flat).
Conjola 33-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 9th of 14, 38l behind Bop Along (10-11) at Hexham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Overpresently Overbury mare out of Coole Presence.
Alkali (IRE) 66-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, lost place before 4 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Avidity (11-1) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 9 ran.