always towards rear, pulled up
behind, jumped slow 1st, never a factor
led to 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out
tracked leader, led 3 out, hard pressed when left clear 2 out, eased towards finish
mid-division, headway and left 3rd from 2 out, went 2nd run-in, no chance with winner
mid-division, headway before 5 out, chased leaders 3 out, challenged and upsides leader when fell 2 out
tracked leaders, blundered 3 out, quickly weakened
held up in rear, headway before 2 out, left 2nd and hampered after 2 out, lost 2nd place run-in, no extra
Late Night Lily was well backed at Cheltenham but never looked likely to take a hand in the finish. She is well treated but there are questions to answer now but Back On The Lash can be forgiven his run at Cheltenham. Marmont’s best form is on softer ground but THE SWEENEY, second over track and trip two runs ago, will be hard to keep out of the frame again. He gets no help from the handicapper but travels well in his races and is a bit more consistent than some of these. William H Bonney is a danger eased in grade and Black Kalanisi also has claims along with Ballycrystal Court.
William H Bonney 6-1 (11-9) Held up in last pair, headway 3 out, ridden and weakened before the last, 7th of 10, 13 1/2l behind Zanza (11-9) at Newbury 2m hcp (2) gs in Mar.
Black Key 50-1 (11-6) Towards rear, ridden and struggling after 5th, 10th of 14, dist behind Uno Mas (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Black Kalanisi (IRE) 6-4 (11-7) Chased sole rival, not fluent 5th, challenging when jumped left and not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, carried left before last, 1 length down flat, rallied towards finish, just held, last of 2, shd behind Settimo Milanese (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gf in Apr.
The Sweeney (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out until last, no extra flat, 3rd of 14, 10 3/4l behind Serosevsky (12-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Back On The Lash 14-1 (10-2) Mid-division, losing place when not fluent 3 out, soon behind, pulled up before last, at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Late Night Lily 4-1fav (10-9) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, ridden last bend, soon weakened, 14th of 16, dist behind Sunshade (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp lst (1) gd in Apr.
Marmont 15-2 (11-8) In touch in 5th, awkward 3rd and 4 out, pushed along before 2 out, rallied on wide outside into 2nd at the last, stayed on under pressure to lead final 50 yards, won at Taunton 2m hcp (4) sft in Mar beating Midnight Midge (11-5) by 1l, 7 ran.
Ballycrystal Court (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leader until after 1st, lost 3rd at 6th, dropped to rear before next, rallied 4 out, weakened and left modest 4th next, went 3rd run-in, 3rd of 6, 11 1/4l behind Liva (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Mar.