reluctant to line up, led in, well behind, reminder after 11th, not fluent 12th, went remote 4th after 13th, 25 lengths 4th 4 out, went 3rd after 3 out, closing 2nd on last bend, unable to challenge
Abricot De L'Oasis has gone close the last twice between the flags and is probably the overall form pick. However, he can throw in the odd bad run and BILLY MERRIOTT was well backed at Newbury when only beaten a neck by the once-useful Vivaldi Collonges. Mr Syntax easily won a point-to-point just over two weeks ago but has a mountain to climb against the market principals on these terms.
Abricot De L'Oasis (FR) 5-4fav (11-7) (cp) led to 11; led 13; drew clr app last; napped to padd exit & hdd nr fin, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Beat The Tide (11-7) at Lockinge 3m in Apr.
Billy Merriott (IRE) 5-2jfav (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 13th, led and mistake next, kept slight advantage until headed final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Vivaldi Collonges (12-6) at Newbury 2m 7f (6) sft in Mar.
Brave Jaq (FR) 12-1 (12-0) (nosenet) bhnd til pu 3 out, at Chaddesley Corbett 2m 4f sft in Dec.
Mr Syntax (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Trckd ldrs; led 13; drew clr 2 out; comf, won at Higham 3m in Apr beating Can Mestret (12-0) by 8l, 15 ran.
Swallowshide 12-1 (12-0) In tch to 14; t.o, 4th of 10, dist behind Flights (11-10) at Badbury Rings 3m in Apr.
The Caller 6-4 (12-0) (cp) prom to 11; wknd 14; t.o, 3rd of 4, dist behind Railway Storm (12-0) at Larkhill 3m gs in Mar.
Exclusive Rights 16-1 (11-7) Prom to 12; wl bhnd when pu last, at Larkhill 3m gd in Jan.
Woodfleet (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) In tch til wknd 15; pu nxt, at Badbury Rings 3m in Apr.