ARTISTIC LICENCE is our idea of the winner with Vhujon and Resplendent Alpha offered up as alternatives. Mick Channon's filly was initially outpaced at Bath but she kept on well to run into the places and has no issues in relation to fitness. Vhujon invariably pops up at a price. Six furlongs is his trip and having had a busy campaign over the winter, a couple of months away may just have freshened him up. Resplendent Alpha is entirely capable though needs everything to fall right. He is rated 5lb less on the turf though has only obliged on one out of 17 starts compared to four from 28 on artificial surfaces. Buxton has gradually edged down the handicap. Were his trainer in slightly better form, he would make infinitely more appeal. Credit Swap hails from a shrewd yard and is ideally placed to make a beeline for the far rail. The booking of Jamie Spencer aboard Hustle is interesting under the circumstances. Rash Judgement lost his way last year although Ryan Moore replaces an apprentice in the plate today. Aye Aye Digby is an infrequent winner though is at least proven on the prevailing ground. Artistic Licence is taken to score.
Aye Aye Digby (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden along halfway, never troubled leaders, 14th of 21, 5l behind Misphire (8-12) at Doncaster 7f app hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Vhujon (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Mogok Ruby (8-9) at Kempton 6f hcap (4) pol in Jan.
Hustle (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Keen, held up mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened entering final 2f, 8th of 10, 6l behind Fremen (9-1) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) pol in Mar.
Rash Judgement 7-1 (9-0) Soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened, 12th of 15, 10l behind Kelamon (8-8) at Salisbury 6f hcap (4) gd in Oct.
Artistic License (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out to chase leaders, kept on, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Carcinetto (8-13) at Bath 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Credit Swap 14-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up, outpaced over 2f out, plugged on, 5th of 8, 7l behind Obe Gold (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Buxton 13-2 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Southandwest (8-11) at Lingfield 7f hcp (4) pol in Dec.
For Life (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Led, headed 1f out, ridden and unable to quicken final furlong, rider eased up and lost 3rd last strides, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Louphole (8-8) at Lingfield 6f hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Resplendent Alpha 7-1 (9-4) Dwelt, held up in 6th and well off the pace, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, winner gone, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Al Gillani (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Mar.
We Have A Dream 25-1 (9-4) Prominent for 4f, soon behind, last of 16, 30l behind Memphis Man (9-1) at Windsor 6f hcap (5) gf in Sep.
Regal Royale 16-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, every chance from over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Swinbrook (8-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) in Mar.
Billy Red 11-2 (8-11) Soon led and set good pace, ridden and headed just over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind Distinctly Game (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcap (5) pol in Jan.