Down Royal winner Finea was scheduled to run yesterday at Ayr. It took Bollin Line 15 attempts to get off the mark and a 7lb weight rise won't help the Catterick scorer. Oscar Lateen won easily at Newcastle but much faster ground here is a concern and he's also gone up 7lb. ITSTIMEFORAPINT won over 3m here in December but jumped poorly on a return visit. Hopefully a spin over hurdles will have restored some confidence as he has the ability to defy top weight in a race like this.
Itstimeforapint (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) In touch, pushed along and lost place before 5 out, 8th of 13, 34l behind Arctic Court (11-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Chanceofa Lifetime (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) In rear, weakened from 5 out, 6th of 10, dist behind Art Lord (10-12) at Ayr 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Finea (IRE) 5-2fav (11-1) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, closer 3 out, ridden to challenge before last, led run-in and asserted close home, won at Down Royal 2m hcp hvy in Feb beating Dr Moloney (11-8) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Vayland 40-1 (11-3) Always behind, last of 8, 34 1/4l behind Caraline (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Lawless Island (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) In rear, not fluent 7th, struggling 9th, tailed off 11th, pulled up before next, at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Oscar Lateen (IRE) 10-11fav (10-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th, led 8th, clear last, kept up to work run-in, won at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp (4) hvy in Dec beating Harleys Max (10-0) by 8l, 6 ran.
Bollin Line 6-1 (10-8) In touch in mid-division, headway 5th, not fluent 8th, led 2 out, clear flat, eased towards finish, won at Catterick 2m hcp (4) gs in Feb beating Discoverie (10-0) by 2l, 10 ran.