The market will be the best guide to the chances of SOMMERSTURM after a break but there's no doubt that this once-useful gelding has the ability to make a mockery of his current handicap mark. He gets the nod in a modest finale as Cotton Grass disappointed when favourite over 2m here earlier in the month and Young Jackie, who may struggle to last home, is 4lb wrong in the weights. Brouhaha may be the pick of the remainder, therefore, as he won off an 8lb higher mark at Haydock last year and generally competes at a higher level than this.
Marhaba Malyoon (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 12, 23l behind Osgood (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Sommersturm (GER) 7-2fav (8-13) Chased leader, challenged 3f out, led over 2f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on well and drew clear inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Jan beating Black Iceman (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Brouhaha 4-1 (10-0) Mid-division, closed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Call Of Duty (9-9) at Haydock 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Lyric Poet (USA) 10-1 (9-10) Always in rear, last of 10, 24l behind Captain Bellamy (9-4) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Rose Of Sarratt (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, recovered to chase leader 14f out, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 9th of 10, well behind Bilidn (10-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Cotton Grass 3-1fav (9-6) Held up in touch, under pressure over 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 11l behind Waterford Star (8-8) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Young Jackie 16-1 (8-4) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Five Hearts (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.