SVINDAL can come home in front at the main expense of fellow recent winner Tiger Reigns. Kevin Ryan's gelding has been given a break since winning three months ago at Wolverhampton. That was off a mark of 65 and he has a 5lb loftier perch to race from this afternoon, but if he builds on that first win of his career then he must have a solid chance. If he flops back on turf then it may pay to side with Tiger Reigns who impressed when winning at Catterick a month ago. That was on quick ground but his previous third at this track was on heavy going so the ground may not be a big problem and a mark of 68 for this handicap debut may be lenient. Haulage Lady and Island Chief return from a break, whilst Speed Dating steps up in trip for his handicap debut and on breeding he should handle the ground. Any market move for Hawkeythenoo would be interesting, but for the winner we are happy to side with Svindal.
Svindal (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Led and keen, headed over 2f out, led again and edged right over 1f out, soon driven, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Jan beating Mullitovermaurice (8-13) by shd, 9 ran.
Tapis Wizard 33-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, never able to reach leaders, 7th of 13, 9l behind Postman (8-13) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Tiger Reigns 15-8 (8-13) In touch, ridden halfway, challenged over 1f, driven to lead close home, won at Catterick 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr beating Street Spirit (8-8) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Hit The Switch 25-1 (8-5) Tracked leader on outer to 2f out, soon ridden and weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 10, 8l behind Seek The Fair Land (8-10) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Haulage Lady (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) With leaders stand's side group, every chance 2f out, one pace, 4th of 13, 7l behind Allformary (9-0) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) hvy in Oct.
Island Chief 4-1 (8-11) Led after 1f, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Paint Splash (8-1) at Southwell 7f 2yo sell stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Mr Freddy (IRE) 15-2 (8-4) 6th of 18, 7l behind River Captain (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Speed Dating 66-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always rear, last of 12, 10l behind Bab Al Salam (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Oct.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, rushed up to chase leaders over 6f out, went 2nd over 3f out until 2f out, soon hung left, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 14l behind Recession Proof (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp (6) pol in Oct.