Brian Baugh's Comptonspirit won by the narrowest of margins at Carlisle last week and the six-year-old may struggle under a penalty for that success so preference is for SPIC 'N SPAN, who gets the vote with Liel rated the best of the rest. The selection deserves to get his head in front for Ron Harris having found one too good in each of his last three outings, latterly when chasing home Multahab at Brighton last week, and he can go one better today racing off the same mark. Island Legend, who ran well at Kempton on the Polytrack last time, looks the pick of Milton Bradley's two runners over Mazzola and he has to be considered. Tony Newcombe's Jolly Ranch has her first outing since January and any market support for her would be of interest, while Brian Meehan's lightly raced Liel could be dangerous off a mark of just 60 on her handicap debut with Kieren Fallon booked. The vote though goes the way of Spic 'n Span, who can gain what would be a well deserved success.
Comptonspirit 12-1 (9-1) Made virtually all stands side, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely inside final furlong, held on, won at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Hazelrigg (9-10) by ns, 9 ran.
Liel 11-1 (9-5) Behind, some late headway, never nearer, 5th of 10, 4l behind Tabiet (8-12) at Doncaster 5f mdn stks (5) gf.
The Name Is Frank 11-2 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up off the pace on rail, switched right to outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, took 2nd final 50 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Thoughtsofstardom (9-1) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Spic 'n Span 7-2 (9-9) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Multahab (9-11) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Island Legend (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Led at fast pace, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, no extra and headed final 75 yards, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Captain Coke (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Mazzola 10-1 (9-3) Rearing in stalls, chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 15, 6l behind Plumage (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Jolly Ranch 9-2 (8-6) Led to halfway, every chance over 1f out, edged right, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 4l behind Raimond Ridge (8-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Wooden King (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Went right start, led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 4l behind Plumage (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Blessed Place 16-1 (8-8) Led, headed over 2f out, edged right and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Pressed For Time (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol.
The Jailer 25-1 (8-8) Led at strong pace, headed 3f out, chased winner to 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 11l behind Goodbye Cash (9-4) at Brighton 7f sell stks (6) gf in Jul.
Ishipink 13-2 (7-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 8, 4l behind Boga (8-3) at Chepstow 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.