Only six of the 18 runners here have been seen out on a track making this a very tough race to call, but we'll place our faith in Alan Swinbank's NUTS N BOLTS who can get the better of Tiger Maguire and Jago River, whilst of those to have run Candleford looks just about the pick. A 30,000 guineas purchase, this son of Marju should be at home on the ground and will doubtless attract a degree of support as the yard do exceptionally well in this sphere. It'd be encouraging to see support too as the market is often the best guide in these races, but in anticipation of it we'll take him to improve beyond the standard set by Candleford. Andrew Thornton's mount ran well behind one of Alan Swinbank's best at Doncaster so the latter should know where he stands and we feel his mount, and a couple of others, will prove too good. One of those is Tiger Maguire who would be a well named winner for jockey Jason. Donald McCain does well at this track and his runner enters calculations alongside Jago River, an expensive son of Milan who represents a top yard. Noble Scholar looks the stable second-string so of more interest at a price could be Darkan Road for an underrated yard. He's taken to improve past Empire Builder who looked only modest on his debut, although better ground could help. Yurok may get the better of stablemate Twice Lucky but the yard aren't known for winners in this sphere, unlike the Swinbank operation whose Nuts N Bolts could be the one if the market speaks positively.
Barga Boy (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, tailed off over 6f out, last of 17, well behind Seren Rouge (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs.
Candleford 40-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 4f out, kept on from 1f out, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Royal Swain (11-1) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (5) gd.
Darkan Road Beat All gelding out of Sister Seven.
Frontier Boy (IRE) 22-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 6th of 14, 32l behind Rocks Rule (11-4) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Noble Scholar (IRE) Anabaa gelding out of Lisieux Rose.
Robertewenutter Robertico gelding out of T O O Mamma's.
Tiger Maguire (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of De La Renta.
Twice Lucky Mtoto gelding out of Foehn Gale.
Yurok (IRE) Alflora gelding out of Wigwam Mam.
Basford Tara Kayf Tara mare out of Cabriole Legs.
Empire Builder (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, kept on 2f out, 4th of 16, 7l behind Wordy's Boy (10-13) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Harrys Whim Sir Harry Lewis mare out of Whimbrel.
Jago River (IRE) Milan gelding out of Light And Airy.
Nuts N Bolts Marju gelding out of Anniversary.
Overyou 14-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened over 4f out, 6th of 8, 32l behind Baba O'curragh (9-10) at Catterick 2m N H flat (6) gd.
Raggios Boy Karinga Bay gelding out of Fen Terrier.
Why So Serious Falbrav colt out of Marrakech.
Swell The Chorus 33-1 (10-0) In rear, pushed along 7f out, soon outpaced, last of 14, well behind Portway Girl (9-13) at Kelso 2m mrs N H flat (5) sft in Feb.