Winning point-to-pointer ABBOTSWOOD was well beaten in his two starts over timber in the autumn, though in better company than this. Richard Johnson takes the ride rather than Bradford Bridge, who he was on board for a second place at Hereford in November so that could be a hint worth taking. Speedalong was a 250/1 chance when well beaten at Taunton and along with the remainder makes no appeal.
Abbotswood (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place before 5th, well beaten 7th, 12th of 18, dist behind Rolling Dylan (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (4) sft in Nov.
Annie'sboydave 100-1 (10-0) Close up, weakened from 4 out, 10th of 13, 33 3/4l behind Yur Next (11-2) at Taunton 3m hcp (5) gd in Dec.
Bradford Bridge (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Held up in 6th, pushed along when jumped right mistake and bumped 7th, soon behind, never on terms after, 6th of 9, dist behind Touch Kick (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn (5) gd in Mar.
Midnight Merlot 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, prominent in chasing group on outside, pushed along and outpaced in 5th after 4 out, no chance with leading trio, tailed off when blundered 3 out, mistake next, last of 8, dist behind Le Breuil (11-4) at Newbury 2m 5f (4) sft in Mar.
Speedalong (IRE) 250-1 (11-4) Held up last, mistake 5th and 3 out, plugged on into 5th 2 out, went modest 4th towards finish, 4th of 9, 34 1/4l behind Touch Kick (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn (5) gd in Mar.
West To Crossgales (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Led narrowly when mistake and headed 1st, with leader, led before 3rd, headed and lost place before 6th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, at Market Rasen 2m 3f (4) gd in Apr.
Sugar Storm 66-1 (11-0) Close up, ridden 3 out weakened next, 5th of 10, 30 1/2l behind Katy P (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 5f (4) gd in Apr.
Barbrook Star (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 3rd after 4th, weakened before 7th, 12th of 16, dist behind Aintree My Dream (12-0) at Hereford 2m 4f (4) sft in Mar.