This looks a very open contest, though Chief Bucaneer appears to have lost his way a little and Mr Nobody was engaged to run here yesterday. The four-year-old Royal And Ancient has had plenty of chances and Long Distance might need this after a break but Latin Connection has been knocking on the door and finished ahead of Pokfulham at Kelso last month. Bridlingtonbygones still has some scope but, like Sole Witness, may be a shade high in the weights at present while St Killian's Run needs to improve on recent efforts to score here. Coeur De Fou was having his first start for a year when winning at Doncaster last month, however, and is open to further improvement but WHAT AN OSCAR's second to Master Fiddle at Newbury suggests he can go one better off a 3lb higher mark.
Pokfulham (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, not much room and stumbled on bend approaching 3rd, not fluent 7th, headway after next, went 4th 2 out, never nearer, 4th of 14, 11l behind Knight Valliant (9-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Bridlingtonbygones (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Led, headed last, soon ridden, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Scriptwriter (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Latin Connection (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Held up in rear, steady headway from 3 out, chased leaders last, stayed on strongly to challenge towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 15, nk behind Rolecarr (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs.
Sole Witness (IRE) 15-8 (10-10) Held up 4th and last in touch, not fluent 4 out, chased leading pair approaching 3 out, soon ridden, went clear 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Trucking Along (11-1) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Coeur De Fou (FR) 7-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, led before last, driven out flat, won at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar beating J'adhere (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
St Killian's Run (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Mid-division best, never a factor, 12th of 14, well behind Jacks Island (10-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109.
Anay Car (FR) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, fell 4th, in a race won by Kai Broon (10-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs, 10 ran.
What An Oscar (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Mid-division, mistake 1st, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on well after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Master Fiddle (11-6) at Newbury 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (0-120) (3) gd in Mar.
Chief Bucaneer (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 13, well behind Aibrean (11-11) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Mr Nobody (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace straight, 8th of 15, 12l behind Ghareer (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 8Evens16 sft in Feb.
Long Distance (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, jumped left and not fluent 5th, stayed on from 3 out, went 4th flat, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 10l behind Sheriff Hall (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.
Royal And Ancient (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Towards rear, ridden after 5th, behind after 7th, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind I Can Run Can You (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.