Epsom Salts has a 6lb rise in the weights to defy for his narrow success at Kempton last month and he may have to settle for minor honours behind ALONSO DE GUZMAN, who is taken to gain a deserved success with Mr Napoleon rated the pick of the remainder. The selection has been in good form of late, comfortably winning at Haydock prior to decent efforts in defeat at the same venue and at Great Leighs. Another 3lb rise for that latest effort is perfectly fair and Jim Boyle's gelding is taken to resume winning ways. Mixing has disappointed in his last two starts but has claims on the form shown when successful at Kempton the time before. Dubai Ace was good value for his win here in February but has not reproduced that form in five starts since then on the flat or over hurdles and fences. Gary Moore's Mr Napoleon has been in good form of late and has every chance if staying this far but preference is for Alonso de Guzman.
Alonso de Guzman (IRE) 5-4fav (9-6) Soon led, ridden 2f out, hung right final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Garrulous (8-12) at Great Leighs 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Red Wine 9-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd near finish, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Eijaaz (9-1) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
Mr Napoleon (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Behind, headway from 2f out, kept on final furlong, never troubled leaders, 7th of 16, 5l behind Mistress Eva (8-7) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Mixing 7-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakening when hung left over 1f out, 6th of 11, 17l behind She's So Pretty (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs in Oct.
Dubai Ace (USA) 9-2 (8-8) Tracked leader, hard driven over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 16l behind Wicked Daze (10-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Can Can Star 16-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden to challenge and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Bavarian Nordic (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Epsom Salts 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced over 4f out, headway 2f out, stayed on strongly and pressed leader inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Oct beating Star Choice (9-3) by a shd, 14 ran.