A step up in trip worked the oracle for SOLSTICE SON at Fontwell on Monday. Rachael Green's claim almost halves his penalty and the lightly-raced five-year-old can show this bunch a clean pair of heels. Newton Thistle bids to follow up last month's course and distance victory but has another 15lb to carry and Gonalston Cloud didn't reproduce an earlier run at Southwell when favourite last time. Warsaw Pact may struggle to follow up his Wincanton success over a longer trip but Burnthill has claims on his second at Doncaster and Earcomesthedream can never be ignored around here.
Solstice Son 5-2fav (10-10) Keen led after 2nd, joined 6th until 10th, ridden out run in, readily, won at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft beating Brantingham Breeze (10-6) by 3l, 5 ran.
Round The Horn (IRE) 22-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Oscar Prairie (10-8) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Gonalston Cloud (IRE) 3-1fav (9-13) Hampered 1st, held up mid-division, headway from 5 out, went 2nd from 4 out, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, 5th of 12, 7l behind Heavenstown (10-12) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Earcomesthedream (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Led, clear until 2nd, headed 9th, 3rd and weakening when not fluent 2 out, 3rd of 9, 29l behind Newton Thistle (9-9) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Cropley (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Towards rear, plugged on same pace from 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 17, 26l behind Tarabela (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
Newton Thistle 7-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, led 9th, clear when not fluent 2 out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb beating Millers Reef (11-10) by 19l, 9 ran.
Burnthill (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, led before 3 out, ridden and headed last, kept on and no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Top Billing (11-1) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
Warsaw Pact (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, headway under pressure before 6th, chased leaders 3 out, soon driven along in 2nd, led narrowly and went right 2 out, in command before last, clear when hung left under pressure run in, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating Landerbee (9-10) by 5l, 12 ran.
Blue Cove 9-4fav (10-4) Held up on outside, headway 4th, challenged 7th until ridden 9th, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 9, 38l behind Newton Thistle (9-9) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.