This looks a tough call between Hallingdal and CAPRIO and the pin comes down on the latter. Consistency is definitely the strong suit of the Tom Dascombe-trained selection, who HAS not been out of the first two on his last four starts. He acts well on this Polytrack and over the trip and in spite of being beaten from this mark last time we are virtually guaranteed to get a decent level of performance out of him and so will take him to score. Hallingdal took a similar contest at Wolverhampton last time and has gone up 4lbs as a result. He too has a course win to his name and he gets this trip well, so he clearly has a chance. Leonaldo drops back from 9f today and that is not certain to suit. He will need a strong pace to be seen to best effect. The abilities of Papillio looked to have been over estimated by the assessor judged on his handicap debut and he returns from an eight month absence from a 3lb lower mark, which is much more realistic. Carlitos Spirit is still 2lbs higher than when winning at Headquarters last summer and has frame claims, while Tartan Gigha probably needs a drop in the weights. Caprio can star.
Dvinsky (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded, 5th of 9, 3l behind Ebraam (9-4) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Carlitos Spirit (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Soon crossed over to chase leader, ridden over 3f out, soon hanging right and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 22l behind The Fifth Member (9-5) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Tartan Gigha (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, hampered soon after, ran on to snatch 4th close home, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Multakka (9-6) at Great Leighs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Leonaldo (USA) 6-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden when headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, nk behind Gallantry (9-4) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Papillio (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 13, 8l behind Irony (9-2) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Hallingdal (UAE) 11-2 (9-6) Held up tracking leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 6l behind Aroundthebay (8-7) at Kempton 6f fll hcp (4) std.
Caprio (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Held up behind leaders, switched left and ran on to lead well over 1f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Autumn Blades (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Non Sucre (USA) 5-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened, 5th of 9, 6l behind Perfect Flight (8-8) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp (4) sft in Aug.