Red Inca won in this grade at Haydock last month before disappointing at Plumpton but may not be able to give 9lb to JONNY DELTA. Jim Goldie's charge has improved since finishing just behind the top weight at Warwick in February and can reverse that form after a morale-boosting victory over course and distance last month. Cool Baranca has slipped to a decent mark and could figure if recapturing her best form but Kirkaig and Signalman look vulnerable on heavy going following a year off and Cavite Eta was pulled up on his latest start in November.
Red Inca 6-1 (9-12) Towards rear, headway 3 out, ridden before 2 out, one pace, 6th of 11, 21l behind Court Minstrel (10-8) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Jonny Delta 13-8fav (11-5) Held up in rear, smooth headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, led last, ran on well, won at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar beating Rhymers Ha' (11-5) by 3l, 9 ran.
Cavite Eta (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, behind from 4th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sporting Boy (11-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov, 15 ran.
Signalman 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, jumped big and slow throughout, lost place before 3rd, tailed off from 6th, 5th of 8, 35l behind Nelson du Ronceray (10-10) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) sft in May.
Kirkaig 20-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, went 4th before 2 out, chased winner before last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Nelson du Ronceray (10-10) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) sft in May.
Cool Baranca (GER) 7-2fav (10-10) Held up towards rear, pushed aaong approaching 4 out, never reached leaders and and no impression before next, 6th of 12, 20l behind Lightening Rod (11-9) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.