Mont Royale is penalised for October's Kelso success and didn't run as well at Doncaster in February though wasn't suited by the softer ground. Countersign should be winning soon though he lacked pace in both starts in October and could be caught out again. Exitas ran a shocker at Fontwell after a promising start at Plumpton so is difficult to weigh up and a chance is taken with the newcomer KRASNODAR. Malcolm Jefferson is always to be feared in bumpers and it would be no shock if the four-year-old were to make a successful debut. The remaining trio have shown a little promise and the market should tell us more.
Mont Royale 5-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 10, 15l behind Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-6) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Countersign 7-2 (11-4) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, headway to chase leaders 7f out, went 2nd 6f out, ridden 2f out, soon one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Truckers Steel (11-4) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Days Gone By 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division, under pressure over 6f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Knock House (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr '13.
Exitas (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Held up mid-division in 4th, chased leaders 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 8, 36l behind Justanother Muddle (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Bigindie (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, driven over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Uncle Muf (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Nov.
Krasnodar (IRE) Medaaly gelding out of Azyouare.
Remedio (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 24l behind Up The Bees (10-11) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Royal Roo 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, well behind Side Step (11-0) at Doncaster 2m mrs N H flat (6) sft in Jan.