PIPPBROOK MINISTAR is preferred here to Lockantanks, Marius MAximus and newcomer Srda. The last-named cost $100,000 and is bred to be high class so the market may be a good indicator as to how fit she is on this first run, however we'll stick with the safer option of Pippbrook Ministar. She was only beaten a nose by Mint Whip here last month and with fitness on her side she is fancied to make it third time lucky. My Mandy has plenty of experience but she has been exposed as fairly modest, whilst Neduardo has shaped with equal promise but disappointed at Kempton last time and now has a bit to prove. Bob Goes Electric can improve on a Goodwood fifth now the yard are in better form, Lockantanks ran well in a weak Wolverhampton maiden last time out, whilst Marius Maximus returns from a beak. He has not lived up to expectations yet but his yard continue to fire in the winners and better is expected this season. An open race, with the tentative vote going to Pippbrook Ministar.
Bob Goes Electric (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Led until over 2f out, weakening when short of room over 1f out, 8th of 9, 10l behind Kirsty's Boy (9-3) at Goodwood 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Lockantanks 13-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up, in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, hard ridden, unable to quicken, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Slikback Jack (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb.
Marius Maximus (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon outpaced by winner, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Atlaal (9-0) at Haydock 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Neduardo 5-4fav (8-8) In touch, one pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Highland Bridge (8-8) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan.
My Mandy (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon no impression, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Loveinthesand (8-12) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.
Pippbrook Ministar 7-4fav (8-6) Raced in last place, ridden and slightly hampered over 1f out, switched right, headway entering final furlong, driven ran on, just failed, 2nd of 8, ns behind Mint Whip (8-6) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Srda (USA) Kingmambo filly out of Marisa.