The three leading all-weather apprentices have ridden too many winners to claim a weight allowance but all have picked up decent rides in this. A step up to 1m4f has seen Wordiness return to form with a double at Wolverhampton last month and Stentorian is capable of winning off his current mark. Beat Route's recent improvement has come over 2m though he's done all his winning over shorter and he's another to consider. However, Caroline Kelly's 5lb claim could make all the difference to THECORNISHCOWBOY. He returned from a two-month lay-off over too short a distance at Kempton last time but won a couple of races over 1m4f here in December and should go very close off today's mark. El Libertador could prove best of the remainder.
Beat Route 9-4 (9-10) Dwelt, in rear, headway and in touch 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Broxbourne (9-6) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Stentorian (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, went 2nd final strides, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Scottish Boogie (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Thecornishcowboy 10-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Hilali (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Wordiness Evensfav (8-9) Made all, shaken up and quickened 2 lengths clear 2f out, ridden out final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating All The Winds (9-7) by 1l, 4 ran.
Bugsy's Boy 14-1 (8-11) Close up in 3rd, headway to press leaders 6f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 11l behind Bowdler's Magic (9-6) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Ostentation 5-1 (10-0) Keen in rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 13, 15l behind Marmas (9-3) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
The Ducking Stool 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division in touch, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Kames Park (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Jan.
El Libertador (USA) 10-1 (8-3) Keen early, pressed winner, quickened clear with winner 3f out, driven and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Linkable (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.