A very interesting opener with useful types from the Flat seeking to make their mark over timber. John Ferguson has enjoyed a stellar season and French import Donatorio may well improve from nothing more than an adequate debut effort when backed into favouritism at Southwell. He was well behind SOLARAS EXHIBITION that day and Tim Vaughan's consistent gelding is taken to confirm the form, especially with the yard having returned to its usual prolific form. Wayward Glance, a son of Sadler's Wells and formerly owned by The Queen, was talented at best on the level but has only displayed modest form in two outings over timber when his hurdling technique has proved somewhat fallible. He cannot be omitted from calculations though as there should be improvement to come from this potentially useful hurdling recruit. Winning Spark is an each-way possible.
Craicajack (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Mid-division, ridden after 4th, never in contention, 8th of 20, 31l behind Cody Wyoming (11-0) at Lingfield 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar '11.
Lord Aldervale (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) In touch until lost place and struggling towards rear 7f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Utopian (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Magic Place 11-1 (9-3) Held up, hung left and weakened 4f out, tailed off and eased, last of 14, well behind London Gold (9-3) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Nov '09 (flat).
Strategic Mount 20-1 (11-0) Pulled hard, towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 12, 37l behind Right Step (11-0) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Western High 22-1 (11-1) In rear, some late moderate headway, never on terms, 7th of 16, 39l behind Featherintheattic (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Winning Spark (USA) 11-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, hit next, soon weakened, hit last, 4th of 11, 16l behind Wom (10-10) at Fakenham 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) gd in Mar.
Donatorio 7-4fav (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, went 5th after 3 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 12, 14l behind Wordy's Boy (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Iron Green (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Sonoran Sands (10-2) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Mon Desir (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 11, 32l behind Beyeh (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4yo hdl (3) gd in Mar.
Solaras Exhibition (IRE) 7-4fav (10-2) Tracked leaders and keen, headway before and hit
Wayward Glance 9-4 (10-10) Disputed lead until led 3 out, ridden and headed next, chased winner, mistake last, one pace and lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Wom (10-10) at Fakenham 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) gd in Mar.
Burnt Again (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Mid-div, bhnd 1/2way, pu 4out, in a race won by Up The Girls (11-4) at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gs in Oct, 12 ran.
Mollyow (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Chased leaders 2f, tailed off, last of 7, 21l behind Perfect Fantasy (8-5) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar (flat).