GUARDS CHAPEL was raised 8lb for February's victory at Kempton but has gone close on a couple of occasions since. Giving today's rival Hoonose 18lb at Wolverhampton last month proved beyond him, but Gary Moore's charge re-opposes on better terms and can reverse running. Hoonose is up another 5lb for his latest win while collateral form with Llamadas gives Bramshill Lass the edge over Bold Adventure and Dr Finley. El Libertador has been well beaten in previous attempts over today's distance but Celtic Charlie has been placed off lower marks over 2m before.
Guards Chapel 6-4fav (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Beat Route (9-11) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Dr Finley (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Prominent, ridden over 4f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 15l behind Thecornishcockney (9-8) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Bramshill Lass 5-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Llamadas (9-8) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
El Libertador (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Led 1f, close up, ridden when short of room 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 5l behind Irene Kennet (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Bold Adventure 7-2 (9-8) Prominent, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind The Blue Dog (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Hoonose 4-1 (8-12) Went 2nd after 2f, led over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Guards Chapel (10-2) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 5-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, smooth headway on inside over 2f out, ridden and hung left and went 3rd over 1f out, no impression when dropped to 4th final 50 yards, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Tidy Affair (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.