Johnny Splash made all over 6f at Lingfield last time and is upped 5lb for that success. Pharoh Jake is consistent at this level but remains 6lb higher than his latest win in December. Quality Art is less reliable but capable on his day and is closely matched with Max The Machine on earlier running at Southwell. NOVABRIDGE is a rare winner these days but found only one too good over track and trip three weeks ago so Neil Mulholland's charge gets a token vote to come good in this.
Dorback 33-1 (9-4) Broke well, soon short of room and dropped to rear, not a factor after, 8th of 10, 7l behind Ex Ex (9-7) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Novabridge 20-1 (9-1) Steadied start, in rear, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Iffranesia (9-4) at Kempton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Quality Art (USA) 16-1 (8-4) In touch towards rear, ridden halfway, never on terms, 6th of 7, 11l behind Come On Dave (8-8) at Wolverhampton 5f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol.
Pharoh Jake 3-1 (9-1) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on to take 2nd final strides, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Secret Millionaire (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Frognal (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Dwelt, in rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 8l behind Powerful Pierre (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Max The Machine 5-1 (9-3) Pulled hard early tracking leaders, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 7l behind Sir Geoffrey (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Waabel 50-1 (8-13) Outpaced, 11th of 13, 18l behind Star Up In The Sky (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Johnny Splash (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Made all, ridden 2 lengths clear 1f out, driven out, won at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Diamond Vine (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.