Kakapuka was raised only 4lb for an earlier win at Kempton but has found that beyond him though it's no surprise that Ostralegus failed to cope with an 11lb hike after winning a maiden race here in January. Athletic beat Presumido a length at Kempton before the latter scored over track and trip last month. BERTIE BLU BOY was behind Presumido last time but used up plenty of petrol from an outside draw to take up his preferred front-running role. That shouldn't be the case today from a more favourable inside stall and Lisa Williamson's charge looks likely to make a bold bid at the head of affairs.
Kakapuka 8-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Strong Man (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Presumido (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside approaching final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar beating Alnoomaas (9-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Athletic 3-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Light From Mars (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Mar.
Ostralegus 16-1 (9-3) Led 1f, chased clear leader, led 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 6th of 10, 8l behind Liberty Jack (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Eager To Bow (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Kuanyao (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
La Danza 7-2 (8-9) In touch, ridden 2f olut, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 6l behind Streak (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Dec '12.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
For Shia And Lula (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Led and soon clear, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4l behind Camachoice (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Bertie Blu Boy 4-1 (9-2) Headway to lead over 5f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2l behind Presumido (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Last Minute Lisa (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 12, 7l behind Foie Gras (8-9) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.