Anthony Honeyball has been keen to run SOLSTICE SON under a penalty after he scored impressively when upped in trip at Plumpton on Monday. He was withdrawn from a similar race at Towcester on Thursday but should take his chance here and can outclass these. Strange Bird went up 16lb after winning easily at Plumpton last month but still looks the danger to the selection as Absolute Shambles might need this after a few months off. Marmalade Man is likely to be suited by the longer trip and looks the pick of the remainder ahead of Leith Hill Legasi.
Solstice Son 5-2fav (10-10) Keen led after 2nd, joined 6th until 10th, ridden out run in, readily, won at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft beating Brantingham Breeze (10-6) by 3l, 5 ran.
Leith Hill Legasi 16-1 (10-12) With leader, led before 3rd, not fluent and headed next, led 5th until 6th, outpaced after 7th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Carolina Wren (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Absolute Shambles 13-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden before 4 out, rallied next, stayed on same pace from 2 out, 2nd of 12, 10l behind Night Of Passion (10-10) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 15-2 (9-12) Always behind, tailed off before 7 out, 7th of 10, well behind No Duffer (11-11) at Warwick 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Strange Bird (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Led until after 2nd, left in lead approaching next, blundered 5th and headed soon after, led again 9th, came well clear from 3 out, kept up to work, very easily, won at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Feb beating Twopoundsofbutter (11-12) by 32l, 9 ran.
Marmalade Man 7-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, reminders after 4th, reminders again after 5th, went 3rd 3 out, one pace, 4th of 9, 7l behind Alaccordion (10-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Kapricorne (FR) 33-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, mistake 5th, plugged on to modest 5th before 2 out, never involved, 5th of 12, 14l behind Warsaw Pact (9-7) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Converti 14-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden after 3rd, behind 5th, plugged on from 2 out, went 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 12, 19l behind Drombeg West (10-0) at Towcester 2m (5) hvy in Feb.
Pimbury (IRE) 100-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 17, 34l behind Tarabela (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.