This looks a tricky opener in which it may pay to side with PENANG CINTA ahead of Grand Art and Harlequinn Danseur. David Evans' gelding was not disgraced on his latest start at Lingfield on the turf where he was beaten into a two-length third behind Mossman Gorge. He still looks to be feasibly well-treated on a mark of 57 and is nominated accordingly. Ovthenight tries the first-time visor, whilst Captain Mainwaring may now be well-treated but it is probably time for backers to start panicking. Grand Art, like the selection, has been holding his form well and is unlikely to be far away, although his jockey is less-experienced than many in the race. Star Choice and Great View must be considered, but for the winner we will plump for Penang Cinta.
Star Choice 10-11fav (9-4) Made most, kept narrow advantage when strongly pressed from 2f out, headed and no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Harlequinn Danseur (7-13) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp (5) fm.
Ovthenight (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) In touch, ridden along over 6f, driven 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Trip The Light (9-3) at Catterick 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Grand Art (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Held up, headway over 2f out, driven and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Red Wine (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Dramatic Solo 6-1 (9-2) With leader, every chance 3f out, soon driven, no extra, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Danzatrice (9-2) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Great View (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Pelham Crescent (8-13) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Strike Force 8-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway on inside when not much room 2f out, ridden and switched right 1f out stayed on, 6th of 10, 2l behind Granary Girl (8-8) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Penang Cinta 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Mossmann Gorge (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6).
Harlequinn Danseur (IRE) 7-1 (7-13) Tracked leaders, in 4th, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, led final 50 yards, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp (5) fm beating Star Choice (9-4) by 1l, 5 ran.
Casablanca Minx (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) In rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 17l behind Elliwan (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Mar.
Captain Mainwaring 33-1 (8-13) Keen, tracked leader, ridden and led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 10l behind Carlton Scroop (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Theflyingscottie 6-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 14l behind Morbick (10-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Am hcp (6) pol in Jan '08.