HALSION CHANCER can take this race granted a decent tempo; Secret Witness and Orpsie Boy may give most to worry about. The selection has an excellent course record and he won't mind the drop back to six furlongs today. He is best coming off a decent gallop but if he gets the race run to suit then he can take top honours. Orpsie Boy is more interesting now dropped back in trip and with JP Guillambert booked for the ride, whilst Peak District is a good horse but he has stamina reservations over this distance. Beat The Bell needs a market check after a break, Lucky Redback is classy but he has not been seen for almost 500 days, whilst Secret Witness looks a more feasible danger. Ron Harris has his runners in good form and this consistent son of Pivotal should give his running although he too is another who will benefit from a decent pace to chase. An interesting handicap, and the vote is given to course specialist Halsion Chancer.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 5l behind Mahadee (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb.
Peak District (IRE) 15-8fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, slightly hampered over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on to take 2nd near finish, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Glamorous Spirit (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Beat The Bell 20-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon one pace, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 7l behind Daddy's Gift (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Lucky Redback (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Dwelt, behind intouch, ridden over 2f out, no progress and weakened quickly over 1f out, 12th of 13, 30l behind Evasive (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo stks G3 (1) sft in Oct '08.
Halsion Chancer 11-4 (9-0) Led early, tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened entering final furlong, 4th of 5, 1 1/2l behind Prince Of Thebes (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Secret Witness 11-10fav (9-5) Pulled hard, tracked leading pair on inner, chased winner 2f out, ridden and upsides throughout final furlong, no extra and held near finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Boho Chic (8-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.