ASSAM BLACK stayed on nicely in the closing stages at Newton Abbot last month and can go one better here. Minella Scamp won a point-to-point in March but disappointed on his debut under Rules in a Chepstow bumper while Mr Bridger was beaten 20 lengths at Wincanton in April. The booking of McCoy for Paul Webber's Turkey Creek catches the eye and the King's Theatre filly Ivor's Queen may be best of the other newcomers.
Assam Black (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Champagne At Tara (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Minella Scamp (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Took keen hold chasing leaders, led 7f out, narrowly headed 3f out, chased leader until edged left over 2f out, hung left and wekened over 1f out, 6th of 15, 12l behind Oscarteea (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Mr Bridger 12-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 21l behind Tea For Two (10-5) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Proper Job Rainbow High gelding out of Merlin Cider.
Sutes 33-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, in rear and reminders halfway, 8th of 12, 40l behind Champagne At Tara (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
The Sweetener (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 13, 31l behind High Stratos (10-10) at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Turkey Creek (IRE) Scorpion gelding out of Emesions Lady.
War Treaty (IRE) Wareed gelding out of Via Viaduct.
Ivor's Queen (IRE) King's Theatre filly out of Sonnerschien.
Spirit Minded Silver Patriarch mare out of Dickies Girl.