prominent on inside, lost place 8th, soon closed, trying to challenge when not much room and hit false doll after 3 out, not much room and squeezed through to lead before last, clear flat, stayed on well
The Eaglehaslanded has made giant strides in recent weeks but the handicapper may have caught up with him as he's gone up 10lb since scoring at Warwick. Minella Daddy catches the eye near the foot of the weights as he was far from disgraced in a Grade 3 at Aintree and is lightly-raced, though quicker going is a concern. David Pipe won this in 2014 and had last year's second so Taj Badalandabad and Dell' Arca warrant a second look. Tom Scudamore is sticking with the latter, who is undoubtedly well treated at present but had every chance when only fourth at Sandown last month. Princeton Royale is fancied to be in the frame again and Laurium is preferred to stablemate Hunters Hoof. Brother Tedd can get involved, despite his big weight, but we'll take the chance that a further step up in trip will suit ZARIB as he made Matorico pull out all the stops on his first try over 2m4f at Cheltenham and this is a less demanding track.
Brother Tedd 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division in touch, driven to chase leaders after 2 out, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, not pace to threaten leaders, 7th of 26, 3 1/2l behind Diamond King (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) gd in Mar.
Southfield Vic (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, every chance 2 out, 4th and one pace when pecked last, 4th of 19, 12 3/4l behind The Eaglehaslanded (10-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp (2) gd in Apr.
The Eaglehaslanded (IRE) Evensfav (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, mistake 4 out, challenged after 3 out, led and not fluent next, quickened clear flat, readily, won at Warwick 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Apr beating City Supreme (10-2) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Laurium 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, not fluent 6th, hampered 2 out, led after home bend, joined last, soon headed, stayed on same pace final 75 yards, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Matorico (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Whataknight 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, 4th and one pace when jumped left last, 4th of 8, 9 1/2l behind Mister Miyagi (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gs in Apr.
Taj Badalandabad (IRE) 6-1cfav (11-8) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside after 3 out, led 2 out, idled and pressed in closing stages, found bit extra close home, won at Ascot 3m hcp (3) gs in Apr beating Salmanazar (11-5) by 1l, 16 ran.
Princeton Royale (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Held up in touch, headway approaching 7th, not fluent next, led before 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra flat, 3rd of 6, 5 1/4l behind Ongenstown Lad (10-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Zarib (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway after home bend, challenged last, soon led, headed inside final 100 yards, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 16, nk behind Matorico (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Hunters Hoof (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, passed a few beaten horses run-in, never remotely involved, 11th of 17, 19l behind Mckinley (11-2) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Dell' Arca (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 2nd and every chance 2 out, lost 2nd betwwn last two, 3rd and one pace when went left last, lost 3rd in closing stages, 4th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Mckinley (11-2) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Sunshine Corner (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) In touch, headway to chase leaders 3 out, every chance from 2 out, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (3) gd in Mar beating Lady Of Lamanver (10-3) by shd, 8 ran.
Lamool (GER) 5-4 (12-3) Made all and soon clear, reduced lead approaching 6th, clear again when pushed along before 2 out, unchallenged, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f (4) sft in Apr beating Sakhee's City (11-10) by 14l, 6 ran.
Minella Daddy (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 4 out, no impression when mistake last, 8th of 19, 11 3/4l behind Ubak (11-0) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (1) sft in Apr.
Florrie Boy (IRE) 11-4 (10-7) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, chased winner before last, kept on, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Braavos (10-5) at Perth 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
General Mahler (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Mid-division, headway before and every chance when fell 3 out, at Ayr 3m hcp (3) sft in Apr.
Caledonia 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led before 3 out, headed before last, kept on and always held, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Gully's Edge (11-11) at Ayr 3m hcp (3) sft in Apr.
Maximiser (IRE) (10-7) 2nd of 7, shd behind Park Light (11-0) at Auteuil 2m 5f lst sft in Mar.