CAVENDISH ROAD is open to improvement and can beat Visions Of Johanna and the progressive Bernix in this competitive handicap. The former Willie Muir inmate comes here on the back of an eye-catching run behind Ella Woodcock at Wolverhampton. He steps up to this trip for the first time but his dam was placed over this distance so there is cause for optimism in that regard. Visions Of Johanna attracted support before his run at Ffos Las and he is an interesting contender; Richard Hughes is booked and the horse now looks nicely handicapped. Bernix is going the other way in the weights after recent victories on the all-weather. His new mark of 64 may be a stumbling block but it is hard to crab his winning mentality. Holiday Cocktail is handicapped to win races, Hawaana is consistent but doesn't win as often as he should despite being well-treated on his all-weather mark, whilst Holden Eagle needs a market check on this seasonal return despite being a 13-race maiden; a tongue-tie is now tried. Oriental Cavalier is consistent and a solid option but a 3lb rise for his second to Bourne at Nottingham may leave him vulnerable off top weight so we are happy to return to Cavendish Road as the pick. [Nic Doggett]
Oriental Cavalier 8-1 (9-0) Prominent early, chased leaders, challenged over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon driven, headed close home, 2nd of 14, hd behind Bourne (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Holden Eagle 11-4 (9-7) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Count Of Tuscany (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Hawaana (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Dropped out start, held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Bourne (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Cavendish Road (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up, pushed along 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 4l behind Ella Woodcock (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Visions of Johanna (USA) 6-1 (8-5) Held up in touch, effort on outside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach front trio, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind King's Masque (8-1) at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Bernix 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led 1f out, responded well when joined inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Tevez (8-12) by hd, 11 ran.
Holiday Cocktail 10-3 (8-5) In rear, headway 3f out, soon ridden, no impression final 2f, 4th of 11, 18l behind Waahej (8-9) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Pitbull 66-1 (8-2) Dwelt, always behind, 11th of 13, 24l behind Fujin Dancer (9-2) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.