Hot Whiskey has been placed in his last three runs off today's mark and seems sure to be thereabouts again under a 7lb claimer. Barista was placed over 7f on the Flat earlier this month but this is a much different test and both Tenmoku and Falcon's Present are proving disappointing over timber. THE KINGS ASSASSIN rallied impressively to score at Fontwell earlier this month. That was a big step up on previous efforts but he wasn't unfancied and has the scope to follow up in this slightly better grade.
Tenmoku 12-1 (10-11) Led first, clear 3rd, hit 7th, headed between 3 out and 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 8, 40l behind Rattlin (11-3) at Market Rasen 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Castle Beach (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Prominent until weakened approaching 3 out, 11th of 15, 44l behind Withy Mills (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Barista (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up, took keen hold, not fluent 4th or 5th, stayed on from 2 out, went 3rd flat, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Western Approaches (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Dec.
Rattleandrun (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th or 7th, some headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 28l behind Should I Stay (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Hot Whiskey (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 8th, ridden 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Jimmy The Jetplane (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Bawden Rocks 50-1 (11-0) Hampered 1st, always well behind, 10th of 13, 39l behind Germany Calling (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gd.
Killegney 12-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, pushed along after 5th, lost place 7th, behind from next, pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Epee Celeste (10-13) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 8 ran.
The Kings Assassin (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Prominent, led after 8th, headed 2 out, 4th and looked beaten last, rallied flat, switched left and ran on well to lead close home, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Marico (10-12) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Falcon's Present 20-1 (11-6) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and beaten when mistake 3 out, 10th of 17, 36l behind Rayadour (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.