It was disappointing to see TOP VILLE BEN surrender his unbeaten record at Market Rasen but he’s reunited here with Jeremiah McGrath, who has ridden him in all of his wins to date under Rules, and can get back on winning track. Resolution Bay looked beaten when falling back in novice company at Taunton but still looks the danger as Rodeo Dodo was left in splendid isolation when successful in a modest point-to-point at Bandon in February. Bumper winner Bolving is open to improvement and looks the pick of the remainder.
Top Ville Ben (IRE) 2-5fav (12-1) Keen led, clear with winner 4th, ridden and headed flat, kept on, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Just Minded (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) sft in Mar.
Resolution Bay 5-2 (11-6) Led, jumped right 1st and 2nd, soon headed, mistake 3 out, held in 3rd when fell last, at Taunton 2m (4) gd in Mar.
Dance In The Dust (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Prominent, not fluent 5th, weakened after next, pulled up after, at Warwick 2m 5f mdn (5) sft in Mar.
Innisfree Lad (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Prominent, lost place halfway, 7th of 9, 20 1/2l behind Donna's Delight (11-5) at Ayr 2m (6) sft in Jan.
Merchant In Milan (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, slow 4 out, under pressure next, headway 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 8, dist behind High Secret (11-6) at Taunton 2m (4) gd in Mar.
Oliver's Island (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, pressed leader, led 10f out until over 3f out, chased leaders, green and edged right well over 2f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 30l behind Amateur (10-7) at Chepstow 2m (6) sft in Mar.
Rodeo Dodo (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Ld, jnd frm 7th & ld again frm 5out, went clr bef last & 12l adv when closest rival fell last, finished alone, won at Bandon 3m mdn hvy in Feb
Enmeshing 20-1 (10-7) Always behind, 7th of 8, dist behind High Secret (11-6) at Taunton 2m (4) gd in Mar.
L'emir D'art (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, blundered 2nd, driven and outpaced after 3 out, weakening when not much room on inside between last 2, soon behind, last of 6, 30 1/4l behind Gris De Pron (11-0) at Hereford 2m mdn (5) gs in Mar.
Timely Gift (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in 4th, not fluent 3rd, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 6, dist behind Talent To Amuse (10-7) at Stratford 2m mdn (4) gs in Mar.
Unsafe Conduct 66-1 (10-7) Mid-division, no headway final 4f, last of 14, dist behind Perfect Harmony (11-4) at Newbury 2m (6) sft in Jan.
Hoola Hula 6-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, headway tracking leaders over 3f out, led 3f out until over 2f out, chased winner, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 8 1/2l behind Cap Soleil (10-12) at Newbury 1m 5f fll (6) gs in Dec.
Looksabitlikebrian (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, struggling after 5th, well behind when mistake 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Uttoxeter 2m 4f (4) sft in Mar.
Bolving (IRE) 6-4 (11-4) Not always fluent, left tracking winner from 1st, ridden and no impression after 3 out, lost 2nd before next, 4th of 7, 33 1/2l behind Solighoster (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) sft in Jan.
Moderator (CZE) (11-5) 7th of 0, shd behind Lindenthaler (11-5) at Gothenburg 2m in Aug.