Mambo Spirit is facing a tougher task having won here last time and a hat trick proved beyond Mr Optimistic off today's mark last month. Rose Garnet has strong claims with Richard Hughes taking over the reins after going close over track and trip in February and Dishy Guru has dropped down to a tempting mark. However, HOMEWARD STRUT finished runner-up in better company here last summer and will have come on for his recent reappearance over 7f. Laura Mongan's charge gets the tentative vote to come good in this less competitive affair.
Homeward Strut 25-1 (9-3) Went right start, chased leader, led over 2f out until well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Al Khan (9-7) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Dishy Guru 10-1 (9-7) Rearing in stalls and slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway towards inside over 1f out, ran to 3rd final 110 yards, never any chance with easy winner, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Elusive Hawk (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Super Duplex 20-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, chased winner, no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Tadabeer (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Steelcut 7-2 (9-5) Held up, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Angelo Poliziano (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Invigilator 3-1fav (8-9) Mid-division, switched right over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 11, 6l behind Colourbearer (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Rose Garnet (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) Took keen hold, chse dleaders in 5th on inside, headway 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, 3rd one pace and held when hung left well inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Climaxfortackle (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Mr Optimistic 4-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, faded towards finish, 8th of 10, 5l behind Valdaw (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Mambo Spirit (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Steadied and reared leaving stalls, held up towards rear, smooth headway over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, driven out, won at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar beating First Rebellion (8-7) by 1l, 10 ran.
Demoiselle Bond 33-1 (9-3) Led after 1f, ridden and headed just entering final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 4l behind Sweet Ovation (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Sherjawy (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Raced wide mid-division, ridden 2f out, effort approaching final furlong when rider dropped whip, no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 3l behind Sweet Ovation (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Sir Don (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Led early, chased leaders, weakened halfway, 9th of 11, 14l behind Sharp Shoes (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec '10.