Victor Dartnall tends to introduce his best bumper horses here and REGAL PRESENCE can get off the mark at the first time of asking. He's a full brother to useful 3m chaser Foynes Island so will lack nothing in stamina. Waves And Wind is by Old Vic out of bumper winner Water Stratford and is another interesting newcomer but Willoughby Hedge may need the experience. Makari has been placed in all three starts so far but lacks a little scope now while Walkabout Creek failed to land the odds at Sedgefield in January. Points winner Ballincurrig and Hereford third Midnight Oscar are worth noting in the betting however.
Ballincurrig (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Ld & disp, went on 3out, ro strongly, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec beating Towering Run (11-4) by 5l, 16 ran.
Makari 5-4fav (10-11) Held up in rear, smooth headway on inside 4f out, chased leaders 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Leighinmohr (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Feb.
Midnight Oscar (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 6f out, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Private Eyes (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Regal Presence (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Lucy Lodge.
River Purple 50-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 6f out to chase leaders, weakened 2f out, 11th of 14, 40l behind Nelson's Bridge (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
The Cotswold Grey (IRE) Great Palm gelding out of Woodside.
Walkabout Creek (IRE) 8-11fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, effort over 3f out, led narrowly over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and no impression with winner inside final furlong, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Chain Reactor (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Waves And Wind (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Water Stratford.
Willoughby Hedge King's Theatre gelding out of Mini Mandy.
Willy C 25-1 (11-1) In rear, soon raced inner and headway after 3f, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 8, 39l behind Howaboutnow (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd.
Wychwoods Brook Midnight Legend gelding out of Miss Millbrook.
Arrowmint 100-1 (10-11) Keen in touch in rear, ridden 4f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 24l behind Shees A Dante (11-2) at Fakenham 2m mrs N H flat (6) gs in Feb.
Folly Farm (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of West Hill Rose.
Jimsneverright Iktibas gelding out of Lady Lexie.
Patsie Magern Alderbrook mare out of Outfield.
Toffeepot 20-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off halfway, 12th of 15, dis behind Bar De Ligne (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.