PUTIN scored by over three lengths when last racing on the Fibresand. He's 7lb higher on this occasion but a recent head defeat at Yarmouth suggest he can win off today's mark. Monte Cassino has won over 7f here but hasn't raced since November. He's still preferred to Bonnie Prince Blue who is regularly placed at this venue. A four-time winner over course and distance, On The Cusp remains in woeful form but could bounce back at any time having plummeted down the weights.
Putin (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, headed narrowly inside final 2f, soon ridden, stayed on and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Whisky Bravo (9-4) at Yarmouth 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Monte Cassino (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 3f out, effort on inside over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, not able to get to winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Maggie Pink (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Men Don't Cry (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 13, 5l behind Shahrazad (9-8) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr.
On The Cusp (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Chased leaders in 3rd place until pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 14l behind Royal Holiday (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Mar.
Bonnie Prince Blue 20-1 (9-3) Outpaced, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 10, 4l behind Sofias Number One (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Apr.
Big Kahuna 66-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 21l behind Autspread (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Just Five (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Downtown Boy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Conas Ata Tu 14-1 (8-11) Held up behind, one pace and no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 10, 9l behind Larghetto (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Plus Fours (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, weakened 4f out, eased over 2f out, last of 10, 48l behind Taro Tywod (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Nov.
Seawood 9-1 (8-9) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders over 6f out, lost place over 3f out, last of 7, 27l behind Sofias Number One (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.