EASTERN GIFT looks to be back at the top of his game. He won a shade cosily at Lingfield on his latest start and remains on a winning mark despite a 3lb rise in the weights. Gay Kelleway's charge has a better draw than Hill Tribe, who scored at Southwell and Wolverhampton before her recent defeat back on the Fibresand, while both of Double Carpet's course wins came over 7f and he has something to prove over today's longer trip. Florio Vincitore followed up a win at Lingfield with a good effort over C&D behind Al Aqabah three weeks ago and he could prove a bigger threat.
Hereford Boy 11-1 (9-0) Steadied start, in rear, heavly eased final furlong, last of 10, 27l behind Big Bay (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Advertise 5-2fav (9-5) Pulled hard early stages, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased when no chance final furlong, 10th of 12, 6l behind Oh So Saucy (9-4) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Edgewater (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind New Leyf (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Mountain Cat (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 3l behind Double Carpet (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
John Veale (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, well held from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 12l behind Majuro (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol in Feb.
Lisahane Bog 7-1 (9-7) Awkward leaving stalls and slowly into stride, raced wide mid-division, ridden over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Chief Exec (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Dr Wintringham (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 11th of 12, 15l behind Salerosa (9-7) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Sunshine Always (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Keen in touch, progress entering final 2f, not clear run approaching 1f out, ridden and ran on to go 4th close home, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Chief Exec (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Ensnare 16-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 8th of 9, 9l behind Kilburn (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Hill Tribe 3-1 (8-10) Led 1f, led again over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, keeping on one pace when carried slightly left inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Postman (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Double Carpet (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Dvinsky (9-2) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Eastern Gift 3-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, headway 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, pushed along when idled towards finish, always just doing enough, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Dichoh (9-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Having A Ball 15-2 (9-5) Raced wide in touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 10l behind But Beautiful (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Florio Vincitore (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Led and soon well clear, reduced lead over 2f out, still 2 lengths ahead over 1f out, no extra and caught last strides, 2nd of 14, hd behind Al Aqabah (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.