Paul Nicholls’ stable has been ticking over with winners on the Flat and NINEOHTWOONEOH will likely be a short price on his chasing bow. Though he would have preferred softer ground, the six-year-old has only run seven times and won over hurdles over this trip at Musselburgh in February. Oxwich Bay was quite well regarded at one point but he’s not won since 2017 and has a poor strike-rate, though has placed over the larger obstacles. Zen Master is hard to catch right and most of the others may need this.
Nineohtwooneoh (IRE) 10-11fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, chased winner before 2 out, briefly, ridden and hung right before last, one pace, 4th of 9, 7 1/2l behind Russian Service (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Mar.
Torquay 12-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway 7th, weakened after next, 9th of 12, dist behind Bhutan (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Zen Master (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Led, headed 7 out, weakening when blundered 3 out, soon pulled up, at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Oxwich Bay (IRE) 3-1 (12-1) Held up in touch, went 2nd 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, ran on under strong pressure flat, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Roxyfet (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp (5) hvy in Mar.
Major Davis (FR) 5-1 (12-2) Rr of mid div, 4th 1/2way, wknd in 4th 3out, pu next, at Necarne 3m sft in May.
Tazka (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Behind, struggling 7th, tailed off when pulled up after 4 out, at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Elle Est Grande (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, tailed off and pulled up, at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
The Last Bar 12-1 (11-9) Prominent on outside, weakened after 2 out, 11th of 14, 28 3/4l behind Boss Mans Ladder (11-12) at Stratford 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Apr.
Short Flight (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Led, clear after 2nd until 4th, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 10, 24 3/4l behind Make My Heart Fly (11-7) at Perth 3m hcp (4) gd in Aug.
King Gypsy (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, mistake 5th, pushed along 7th, soon struggling, stayed on to go poor 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 37l behind Aniknam (10-9) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Mar.
First Man (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Prominent, steadied and lost place after 1st, behind from 4th, lost touch 5th, tailed off, last of 8, dist behind Orrisdale (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (5) hvy in Nov.
Glengar (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, every chance before 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 19 3/4l behind Bells Of Peterboro (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (5) gs in Dec.