AQUA ARDENS carried over a frustrating run of placed efforts on the all-weather to this track last time when runner-up over 7f. Twice a winner over course and distance last year, he gets another chance. Mark Johnston's good strike rate at the track brings Heavy Metal into the reckoning off his current mark and Fleckerl has a shout back on fast ground. Wolverhampton winner Take A Note returns to action off a 5lb higher mark but Baby Bush continues to struggle.
Take A Note 3-1 (9-7) Held up, not much room after 1f, headway when not clear run and switched right over 2f out, soon switched left, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep beating Light Rose (9-2) by 2l, 9 ran.
Heavy Metal 6-1 (9-6) Tracked leader 4f, outpaced in 3rd over 3f out, ridden 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no extra final furlong, lost modest 4th near finish, 5th of 6, 6l behind Myboyalfie (9-7) at Warwick 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Aqua Ardens (GER) 11-4 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge from 2f out, driven and stayed on to grab 2nd post, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Corporal Maddox (9-7) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Fleckerl (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 12, 5l behind Tobacco Road (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Baby Bush (IRE) 33-1 (7-13) Raced centre in touch, effort and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 12l behind Muwaary (8-8) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Apr.