La Bacouetteuse won last year's renewal so a big improvement on his seasonal debut at Newcastle is expected. He finished well behind third-placed Graceful Descent on that occasion, however, and the latter is not without claims in this either. Discay got off the mark at Southwell in February only to disappoint at the same track last time so it's anybody's guess how he performs so BRASINGAMAN ERIC makes more appeal. The latter missed the whole of 2012 but showed signs of a resurgence when third at Newcastle last time and is on a winning mark if right back to his best today.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 18-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along over 5f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 12l behind Mohawk Ridge (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Graceful Descent (FR) 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Mohawk Ridge (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Spiekeroog 12-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 13th of 18, 15l behind Gulf of Naples (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (4) gd in Oct '11.
Discay 11-4 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Jacobs Son (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Madrasa (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Raced wide, held up, headway over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 13th of 16, 25l behind Dancing Primo (8-10) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Raleigh Quay (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Held up behind, pushed along over 3f out, never a factor, 9th of 11, 15l behind O Ma Lad (9-7) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Nadema Rose (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place over 6f out, ridden over 5f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 18l behind Carragold (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Badged 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt and raced mainly 6th, ridden 4f out, no threat from 2f out and kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 15l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-0) at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo stk in May '12.
Brasingaman Eric 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Zarosa (8-9) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Apr.
Kingarrick 40-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Naburn (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Altnaharra 22-1 (8-3) Led, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, soon headed, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 37l behind Zaplamation (9-7) at Redcar 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Apr.