Theinval won at this meeting three years ago but he’s been looking a shadow of his former self recently. NIETZSCHE is back over a more suitable trip after running in the Ultima at Cheltenham, where he was far from disgraced. He’s a strong traveller so should be suited by the fact that there are a couple of front-runners in this. Having been dropped 2lb, he is starting to look well treated. Barton Knoll will enjoy the ground and pops up every now and then while Schiehallion Munro is almost guaranteed to run his race again. Not That Fuisse finished fifth in the Grand Annual at The Festival and usually competes over shorter trips but he did win over 2m4f at Perth last summer so can’t be ignored.
Voix Du Reve (FR) 28-1 (11-11) Prominent then tracked leader, weakened after mistake 4 out, well detached and ridden after 3 out, 10th of 14, dist behind The Shunter (10-11) at Kelso 2m hcp (2) gs in Mar.
Schiehallion Munro 3-1 (11-12) Attempted to make all, ridden approaching last, kept on flat until headed final 50yds, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Court Master (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp (3) gd in Mar.
Not That Fuisse (FR) 11-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway going strongly before 3 out, driven and edged right before last, held and edged left flat, kept on, 5th of 19, 7 1/4l behind Sky Pirate (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (1) gs in Mar.
Theinval (FR) 6-1 (11-0) Held up rear of mid-division, took keen hold, headway on outside over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 7 1/4l behind Thibault (11-0) at Lingfield 2m (4) pol in Feb.
Barton Knoll 4-1 (11-12) Led and disputed and clear of field, outright leader before 3rd, mistake next, hit 5th, came back to the field next, mistake 3 out, joined 2 out, headed before last, weakened run-in, 4th of 8, 9 3/4l behind Five Star Getaway (10-11) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Nietzsche 40-1 (10-2) Took keen hold, held up, mid-division by 6th, running very keenly on downhill run to 9th, not fluent 10th, mistake 12th, struggling before 3 out, 8th of 16, 16 1/2l behind Vintage Clouds (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (1) sft in Mar.
Admiral's Secret 20-1 (10-10) Held up in mid-division, headway 4 out, weakened 2 out, 12th of 16, 31 1/2l behind Vintage Clouds (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (1) sft in Mar.