ZULU OSCAR won at Kempton in December and takes a big drop in class for this. He should have the measure of today’s opposition if running anywhere near his handicap mark. Shammick Boy looks next best on these terms having also been handicapping and has a bit to spare with Filatore, who won a selling hurdle at Ffos Las last month. Kleitomachos has plenty to find at the weights while Geton Xmoor has shown little since scoring at Worcester nearly two years ago now.
Shammick Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led until before 2nd, prominent, 3rd when not fluent 2 out, not fluent last, one pace, no extra towards finish, 4th of 14, 13l behind Cottersrock (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Kleitomachos (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Chased leader until 4 out, soon lost place and behind, 7th of 10, 26 3/4l behind Florrie Boy (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Zulu Oscar 22-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, ridden on stands side before omitted last, soon well held, 10th of 24, 19 1/4l behind Ibis Du Rheu (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Mar.
Geton Xmoor (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Pulled hard in mid-division, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Key To Milan 18-1 (11-4) Led until after 2nd, prominent, hampered before 6th,lost place after 3 out, 10th of 14, dist behind Qasser (11-6) at Taunton 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Slieveardagh (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) (tt) dwelt; hdwy 11; rn out nxt, at Badbury Rings 3m gd in Feb.
Barton Rose 10-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, never involved, 8th of 13, 29 1/4l behind Carre Noir (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (4) sft in Apr.
Filatore (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Raced wide towards rear, ridden and no impression over 3f out, eased over 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 10, dist behind American Life (8-7) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Apr.
Romeo Is Bleeding (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, pushed along and went modest 4th soon after 4 out, plugged on into poor 3rd near finish, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Mother Meldrum (10-13) at Exeter 2m 3f (5) hvy in Mar.
Watchmetail (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Led until approaching 7th, soon outpaced, rallied into modest 4th, 4th of 8, dist behind I'llhavealook (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Mar.