TOPCROFT finished a credible second at Southwell last time after nine months off the track. A C&D winner, Derek Shaw's charge looks up to winning this getting plenty of weight from his chief rivals. They include Marching Home, who had Hip Hip Hooray behind when runner-up to Gallantry here last month, and he's preferred to recent Wolverhampton winner April Fool. Fivefold's two wins have been over 7f and he seems best at that trip while Having A Ball faces a tough task at these weights.
Marching Home 15-2 (9-2) Tracked leader and keen, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Gallantry (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
April Fool 9-1 (8-6) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, always in command, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Dream Of Fortune (8-8) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Fivefold (USA) 6-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed just inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Hinton Admiral (8-8) at Lingfield 7f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol in Jan.
Hip Hip Hooray 8-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 8th of 13, 5l behind Gallantry (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Having A Ball 9-1 (9-5) Behind, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Broughtons Day (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Topcroft 5-1 (9-0) Slowly away, pushed along in last place, ridden and headway over 2f out, driven over 1f out, edged left and kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Alpha Tauri (9-5) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.