MAN OF STEEL may have been all out to get home at Ffos Las in May but he defied a penalty in breathtaking fashion last month and sets a very clear standard in the finale. The decision to race under another penalty won't have been an easy one to make yet his presence appears to have scared away much of the opposition. Seamus Durack saddled a big winner on the Flat last week and he unveils an interesting newcomer in Snapchat. A son of Shantou, there should be no issue regarding the ability to act over trip and going. Cute Court was unable to trouble the judge after winning a maiden point-to-point on soft ground at Killeagh in January. Little Bit Lively makes his debut and is a half-brother to a winning hurdler. The remainder look to have it all to do on all known racecourse evidence.
Man Of Steel (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, effort 3f out, led over 2f out, soon hung left, ridden and stayed on well final furlong, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun beating Full Throttle (10-13) by 4l, 11 ran.
Cute Court (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Twrds rr, prog in 6th 4out, 5th 4out, fair 4th aftr 3out & fair 3rd bef 2out, no ch with 1st 2, 3rd of 11, 16l behind Charlie Swift (12-0) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun.
Snapchat (IRE) Shantou gelding out of Kelly's Native.
Little Bit Lively (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Miranda's Lace.
Nataraja 50-1 (10-10) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 13, 18l behind Clever Cookie (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Storm Quest 66-1 (10-7) Prominent, ridden 5f out, lost place over 3f out, tailed off, 14th of 17, well behind Down Ace (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) sft in Apr.
Port And Ward (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, progress from 3f out, never any chance with leaders, 5th of 13, 25l behind Plain Sailing (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Too Trigger Happy 100-1 (10-6) Towards rear, weakened before 5f out, 9th of 15, 34l behind Shuil Gealach (10-12) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jun.
Wolmar 66-1 (10-6) Held up, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, 10th of 13, 28l behind Clever Cookie (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.