Plenty with claims in this at first glance, but Fleurtille, Shillito and Windforpower have all been running well over the shorter trip of 5f and Meshardal's recent wins have been in lowly handicaps on the all-weather. With that in mind, BANOVALLUM makes most appeal as he scored over 6f at Beverley last time and an apprentice's allowance negates a 6lb rise. Take The Lead looks the biggest threat as she scored over today's trip on the Fibresand at Southwell in January and can race off the same mark back on Turf.
Banovallum 5-1 (9-7) In touch, pushed along and headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Beverley 5f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy beating Niceonemyson (8-6) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Thatcherite (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear on rail, switched sharply right over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3l behind Captain Royale (8-13) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Sunny Side Up (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division, weakened halfway, last of 14, 26l behind Lothair (8-13) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Fleurtille 4-1fav (9-11) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Adiator (8-13) at Newcastle 5f fll hcp (5) gd.
Meshardal (GER) 4-7fav (9-13) Made all, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs beating Novalist (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Take The Lead 7-1 (9-2) Close up and raced alone stand side, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, last of 6, 9l behind College Doll (8-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Apr.
Shillito 12-1 (8-10) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Captain Royale (8-13) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Windforpower (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ridden to chase leader briefly inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Amenable (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Thorpe Bay 12-1 (9-3) Unseated rider and ran loose to post, slowly into stride, soon in touch, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 14l behind Pettochside (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Red Cape (FR) 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, soon outpaced and no chance after, last of 7, 10l behind Economic Crisis (8-13) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Mission Impossible 12-1 (9-6) Outpaced towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Bear Behind (9-6) at Thirsk 6f sell stks (6) sft.