Dawn Commander is now on a career-high mark and has had a short break since winning at Doncaster in March. Kingsmere won well at Cheltenham last month but was then beaten under a penalty at Ludlow and has gone up a further 5lb since. Howizee couldn't justify favouritism at Carlisle and this looks tougher while Wake Your Dreams tries a new trip, though should strip fitter for his run at Haydock. VINNIE MY BOY won a couple of bumpers here in 2012 and bolted up at Ffos Las on his latest start. He's been hammered by the handicapper for that effort but today's quicker ground won't bother him and he could go in again if he's back to his best.
Dawn Commander (GER) 9-2 (11-7) Always handy, not fluent 6th, led before 2 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar beating Drop Out Joe (11-4) by 4l, 6 ran.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 7-1 (11-4) Soon tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, lost place and no impression from next, 9th of 16, 38l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-2) at Gowran Park 3m in Oct.
Kingsmere 6-4fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, every chance last, soon edged left, one pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Decimus (11-1) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Howizee 15-8fav (11-5) Mid-division, staying on when not clearest of runs before 2 out, stayed on to 3rd at the last, kept on well run-in, went 2nd post, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Mr Utah (11-8) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Vinnie My Boy (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced 4th (normal 4 out), stayed on again under pressure into 3rd before omitted next, switched right before omitted 2 out, led bypassing 2 out, soon ridden clear, kept on strongly, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Clara Peggotty (9-13) by 15l, 12 ran.
Wake Your Dreams (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Close up, ridden 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Horizontal Speed (11-12) at Haydock 2m 4f (3) gd in Apr.
Hopstrings 20-1 (11-5) Towards rear, poor 7th 3 out, staying on in 5th before 2 out, kept in well into 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Pressies Girl (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Wily Fox 40-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, no impression before last, 8th of 16, 20l behind Carlton Jack (10-11) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Bhakti (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) In touch on inside, chased leader after 4 out to next, weakened before last, lost moderate 3rd flat, 4th of 7, 24l behind Spencer Lea (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f (3) sft in Feb.