Ironical may be best watched following a lengthy absence but Douchkirk appears to be getting his act together and the mare Emerald Rose may also be improving. OSCAR RAINBOW should have beaten Starlight Air at Southwell 11 days ago but made a mess of the last when a couple of lengths clear and was unable to recover. Dai Burchell's charge is a pound better off and can take his revenge. Clarion Call remains one to be wary of but a market move for Ron would be interesting.
Clarion Call 16-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 2nd, headed 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 11, 16l behind Bright Abbey (11-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Ironical (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led, hit 7th, headed approaching 2 out, rallied to lead again before and hit last, ridden out, won at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct beating Haling Park (9-9) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Emerald Rose 8-1 (11-0) Led until not fluent 1st, chased leaders, jumped right 2nd, outpaced 3 out, stayed on flat, no impression, 4th of 11, 14l behind Fairyinthewind (10-9) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Douchkirk (FR) 3-1fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden before last, kept on and well held, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Laughton Park (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Ron 10-1 (11-4) Held up, took keen hold, headway after 2nd, carried right 3 out, soon beaten, weakened flat, 8th of 16, 26l behind Dresden (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Starlight Air 9-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, ridden after 3 out, headway before 2 out, led run-in, kept on well, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Oscar Rainbow (10-1) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
There's No Rules 40-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, blundered
Only Hope 20-1 (11-5) In rear, not fluent 3rd, headway before 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, 4th and no impression on leaders when not fluent 2 out, weakened before last, 9th of 16, 36l behind Super Collider (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Transfer 13-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, some headway 3 out, no impression, 7th of 16, 19l behind Dresden (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Full Ov Beans 8-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, blundered badly and lost place 9th, stayed on approaching last, no threat, 5th of 12, 12l behind Mount Welcome (10-11) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Oscar Rainbow 3-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders in 4th, led 3 out, clear before 2 out, blundered badly last, headed run-in, no extra, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Starlight Air (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Princesse Fleur 14-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway after 3 out, never on terms, weakened flat, 7th of 13, 12l behind Petrarchick (9-8) at Bangor 2m 4f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Meirig's Dream (IRE) 11-4 (10-6) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, went 2nd and every chance before next, soon ridden, kept on, held flat, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Marie Deja La (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.