COASTLEY is the call with Pontop and Ameeq others worthy of interest. The selection won well in an amateur riders race at Sedgefield and while this is a step up in grade, he seemed completely at home on a faster surface. Pontop was well backed at Perth last time out. He looks sure to go close again. Dr Newland has his string in fair form so recent Ascot scorer, Ameeq, has to be respected. Little Lu has clearly had training troubles though any move for this well bred mare should be respected. The Gloves Are Off saw the value of his win at Market Rasen increase with the second going to be a respectable fifth in a hot race at Punchestown. Coastley could still be on the improve and he is therefore the percentage call.
Corkage (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) With leaders early, in touch, pushed along approaching 5th, soon in rear, reminders after 8th, tailed off when pulled up after 10th, in a race won by Bally Wall (10-1) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd, 8 ran.
Ameeq (USA) 25-1 (11-4) Took keen hold early, held up well in rear and off the pace, badly hampered after 6th, steady headway to 5th after 3 out, challenged 2 out, stayed on to lead last, ridden out flat, won at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd beating Volador (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Tension Point 14-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 3 out, left 3rd next, ridden and kept on approaching last, no impression, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Spring Breeze (10-5) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Pontop (IRE) 10-3fav (11-0) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, led 2 out, headed last, one pace, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Quartz De Thaix (11-13) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd.
Harmony Brig (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Pressed leader, led 4th until 11th, weakened approaching 4 out, 3rd of 5, 30l behind Catch The Perk (11-0) at Ayr 3m 1f clm chs (4) gd.
The Gloves Are Off (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, led before 2nd last, soon headed, rallied under pressure, led after last, ran on, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating River Logic (11-12) by hd, 12 ran.
City of Doral 14-1 (11-12) Soon chased leaders in 3rd, 2nd from before 4 out, 3rd before next, soon 4th and no extra, 6th of 8, 48l behind Cadspeed (11-8) at Gowran Park 2m nh nov hdl.
Little Lu (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leader until weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind La Sarrazine (11-10) at Doncaster 2m mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Wot Way Chief 12-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, headway approaching 2out, soon one pace, 4th of 12, 8l behind The Gloves Are Off (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Coastley (IRE) 11-8 (10-12) Tracked leaders and keen, led after 3 out, stayed on to go clear last, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f am nov hdl (4) gf beating Sumak (11-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Browneyes Blue (IRE) 28-1 (11-11) Mid-division, lost place 7th, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Humbie (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Its Tough (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 6th, led 9th, stumbled slightly soon after, mistake 2 out, soon headed, not fluent last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 12, 11l behind Federstar (11-6) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.