Ali Rawlinson has been in superb form this year so his booking for TIJUCA catches the eye and it's about time Ed de Giles' mare was winning. She's gone very close at Kempton on her two latest starts and wouldn't be scoring out of turn. Indus Valley has carried Shane Kelly to victory twice recently and a 6lb rise is virtually cancelled out by the claim of Caroline Murtagh, who travels over from Ireland for the ride. Pour La Victoire has gone very close at Kempton on his last two starts and must be in with a shout of gaining his first all-weather success while the experienced Robbie Fitzpatrick was on board when Zed Candy Girl finished runner-up at Kempton, though that wasn't the best of races.
Indus Valley (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up, headway on inner over 1f out, edged right and led inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb beating Warbond (9-3) by nk, 13 ran.
Tijuca (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, good headway on inside over 2f out, disputing 2nd well over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed and not pace of winner towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Bennelong (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Pour La Victoire (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd approaching final 2f, ridden to lead 1f out, headed final 135 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Waterloo Dock 8-1 (9-2) Early reminders, tracked leaders, ridden to press winner halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 9l behind Johnny Splash (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Zed Candy Girl 10-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Bennelong (9-1) at Kempton 1m app hcp (0-50) (7) pol in Feb.
Jackie Love (IRE) 66-1 (8-5) Slowly away, pulled hard, headway on wide outside to chase leaders 5f out, wide on bend halfway, wide again on bend and weakened 3f out, last of 11, 33l behind Bennelong (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Heart Beat Song 33-1 (8-13) Close up, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 24l behind Kyle Of Bute (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Ellies Image 33-1 (8-12) In rear, headway on outside over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 7, 5l behind Prohibition (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Cuthbert (IRE) 50-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, lost place 4f out, well beaten final 2f, last of 10, 11l behind Bertie Blu Boy (8-2) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.