Most of these do not arrive in the best of form but the only course and distance winner in the field, ROLLIN 'N TUMBLIN is a definite exception. Partnered by regular pilot Jimmy Quinn, the selection has been running pretty well on the Polytrack throughout the winter, including when scoring here in February over this trip. Just inched out here last month, he looks the one to beat on that evidence, especially as his stamina is assured. Honest Strike is also in fair form currently with two recent Fibresand runner-up finishes. He has won here in the past but the concern is that he is moving into unknown territory, never previously having travelled further than 1m5f. Soweto Star has not gone too badly the last twice on ventures over this trip, notably when fourth of 12 behind Guards Chapel on his penultimate outing at Kempton. That was a fair effort in the context of this race and jockey find of the winter campaign, Robert Tart, claims a valuable 5lb. He houses decent each-way claims.
Barachiel 12-1 (8-12) Slowly away, keen in rear, headway on inner 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Beat Route (9-11) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Amen (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, lost 2nd well over 1f out, soon beaten, 5th of 8, 7l behind Arashi (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Soweto Star (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on outside well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 9, 5l behind Llamadas (9-8) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Irons On Fire (USA) 16-1 (9-0) In touch, led briefly after 2f, tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 9l behind Icelander (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Honest Strike (USA) 5-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Linroyale Boy (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Mar.
Rollin 'n Tumblin 10-1 (8-11) Switched left start, towards rear, headway over 5f out, in touch, effort to chase leader 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 14, hd behind Irene Kennet (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Ice Apple 33-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 9l behind Midnight Sequel (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Barnacle 25-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, headway to chase leader 6f out, challenged halfway, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 7, 20l behind Mr Knightley (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.