As predicted Aland Islands (5/2) cruised to victory sweeping his rivals aside at Doncaster this afternoon on his way to the Neptune at the Festival. Some firms now have cut their prices to 20/1 already with Hills still offering 50/1 for him to land the Festival prize.

Crockford’s whisper (Grey Soldier) was a non runner at Navan.

This how Crockford’s other gambles faired today –

Lingfield – 3.20 Cockney Sparrow (3rd 8/1), Nelson’s Bounty (unplaced), News Desk (3rd 7/4)
Kelso – 1.55 Absinthe (unplaced), 2.30 Maggio (NR), Captain Conan (2nd 7/4)
Doncaster – 2.05 Five Star Wilsham (unplaced), 3.25 Junior (2nd 11/4)
Newbury – 2.40 Niche Market (2nd 5/2), Mad Max (NR), Balgarry (won 7/1), 4.20 Accordingtolawrence  (unplaced)