Home Run bids for a hat-trick after wins at Exeter and Taunton earlier this month but has been raised 11lb since. Preference is for MAJESTIC BULL, who easily landed a gamble on heavy ground at Bangor 12 days ago. The handicapper has also hit him hard but there looked to be plenty more in the locker that day and Matt Griffiths takes off 3lb. Kempton winner Thundering Home unseated his rider when favourite at Plumpton last time while Key To Milan may not have beaten much at Taunton in October. Hereford second Withy Mills could be improving however.
Zelkova Island (IRE) 5-4 (12-0) Ww rr, 8th 1/2way, prog bef 4out & 3rd bef 3out, went 2nd bef 2out & ld gng best well bef last, easily, won at Cregg 3m ire ptp gf in Oct beating Crude (12-0) by 3l, 10 ran.
Torrential Raine 40-1 (10-5) Led until 3rd, prominent, ridden before 2 out, weakened approaching last, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Dreams Of Milan (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Home Run (GER) 5-2fav (10-10) Chased leaders and raced on inside, went 2nd 3 out, led after 3 out, 3 lengths ahead last, ridden out, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) sft beating Cruise In Style (11-7) by 6l, 11 ran.
Cridda Boy 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, weakened before 2 out, 12th of 20, 27l behind Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
First Morning (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Led until 2nd, led 4th, headed 5th, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 11, 42l behind Bosamcliff (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Thundering Home 3-1fav (11-3) Held up in rear, good headway 4th, went 2nd next, led and hit 6th, hit 3 out, already headed when mistake 2 out, 3rd and held when went left and unseated rider last, in a race won by Bathwick Junior (10-6) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft, 10 ran.
Majestic Bull (USA) 7-2fav (10-5) Raced wide, held up in 6th, good headway to chase leaders 5th, led before 2 out, clear after 2 out, stayed on well, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) hvy beating Lucky Prince (10-11) by 8l, 11 ran.
Kilrye (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, pushed along before 4th, soon lost place, tailed off when blundered 4 out, 10th of 11, well behind Home Run (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Withy Mills 15-2 (11-3) Promiennt, not fluent 4th, challenging when left in lead 3 out, headed next, no impression on leading pair when left 2nd last, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Stravita (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Scotsbrook Legend 12-1 (10-6) In touch, headway 4 out, led and hit 2 out, ridden and headed next, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Shilpa (10-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Key To Milan 12-1 (10-2) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, lost 2nd 2 out, rallied under pressure last, went 2nd flat, stayed on gamely to lead again close home, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct beating Stentorian (11-4) by hd, 12 ran.
Time Book (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leadrs, behind from after 4th, tailed off and pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Clever Dick (11-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb, 13 ran.
North London 66-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, weakened from 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Boomtown (9-10) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov, 10 ran.
By Command 50-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, under pressure 4 out, soon beaten, 8th of 11, well behind Home Run (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Golden Acorn (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) In touch, not fluent 3rd, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Pass The Time (10-6) at Plumpton 2m 3yo clm hdl (5) sft in Nov, 7 ran.