Mutamaleq has made the frame on several occasions and should make his presence felt, despite top weight. Amary, Petomic, Talent Scout and Bishopbriggs all won on the all-weather over the winter as did Mr Chocolate Drop, whose second to John Potts at Wolverhampton last month looks the best recent form on offer. Many Welcomes will strip fitter for her reappearance and is another consider, along with Sunrise Lyric, but BORDER OWL makes most appeal in this. Peter Salmon's six-year-old is now 3lb lower than when scoring over this trip at Ripon last July and there was plenty to like about his comeback third at Wolverhampton in February when he looked in need of the run.
Mutamaleq (IRE) 15-2 (9-12) Set steady pace, quickened over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Saint Helena (8-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Amary (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 7, 10l behind Polemica (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Petomic (IRE) 13-2 (8-7) Steadied start, held up last, outpaced inside final 3f, headway on outside 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind African Cheetah (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Border Owl (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up in 5th, headway on outside over 2f out, soon ridden, went 2nd over 1f out, no impression and dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Resuscitator (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Sunrise Lyric (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Dwelt, towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra, last of 9, 7l behind But Beautiful (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
French Art 9-1 (9-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Collect Art (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Bishopbriggs (USA) 11-4fav (9-1) Led 2f, pressed leader, led again well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well to go clear final furlong, won at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Yakama (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Many Welcomes 9-2 (9-1) In rear on inner, headway over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 6, 7l behind Hill Tribe (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Guga (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, under ressure over 3f out, soon lost place, last of 10, 16l behind Straversjoy (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Talent Scout (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Pulled hard, with leaders, led after 1f, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Wavertree Warrior (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Princess Lexi (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Always in rear, lost touch final 3f, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Bright Sparky (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Mr Chocolate Drop (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Dwelt in touch, chased leaders 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, one pace, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind John Potts (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Jasmin Rai 33-1 (8-4) Ridden along towards rear, eased over 1f out, 7th of 10, 12l behind Count Bertoni (8-10) at Southwell 1m Classified Claiming Stakes (0-65) (4yo+) (6) fbs in Mar.
Hilltop Artistry 16-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 12, 18l behind Sir Ike (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Spacecraft (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 9, 36l behind Stanley Rigby (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Libre 33-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, last of 13, 21l behind Mr Maximas (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.