Mick Easterby is (historically) a very profitable trainer to follow when he has one well handicapped. And BLUE SPINNAKER certainly fits the bill and is preferred ahead of Royal Straight, Xpres Maite and Inspirina. The last named is on a handy mark and, with Richard Hughes booked for the ride, is not without a chance at this level. Xpres Maite is reunited with Philip Makin for the first time in a long while and it would be no surprise to see the old partnership nick a place in the frame at a fair price. Royal Straight made a very encouraging start for his new yard at Doncaster and it will be interesting to see how he is campaigned from now on. However, Blue Spinnaker is still incredibly well treated despite picking up a 6lb penalty for winning at Doncaster 10 days ago and is very hard to overlook now he has rediscovered winning ways.
Whodunit (UAE) 5-1fav (8-9) Led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 26l behind Striding Edge (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Inspirina (IRE) 15-2 (8-10) Held up in touch, raced keenly, headway to chase winner over 1f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Racing Hero (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Oct.
Xpres Maite 10-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, soon chased winner, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Trans Sonic (8-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Dubai Gem 16-1 (8-9) Chased leading trio, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 8l behind Island Sunset (9-6) at Kempton 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Blue Spinnaker (IRE) 10-3fav (10-2) Held up well in rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gs in Mar beating Nisaal (10-10) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.
All Guns Firing (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Pushed along to soon lead, headed 5f out, ridden 4f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 16l behind Veloso (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Mar.
Kyle Of Bute 11-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, chased leader over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Dragon Slayer (10-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.
Sitwell 13-2 (8-11) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 11l behind Spruce (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Highkingofireland 14-1 (8-1) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead entering final 3f, headed approaching final furlong, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Take It Easee (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Broughtons Paradis (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along on outside 3f out, soon struggling, last of 10, 19l behind Carlton Scroop (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Royal Straight 6-1 (8-3) Held up in mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leader over 2f out, ridden and edged right to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Leslingtaylor (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Mar.
Brockfield 33-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, led inside final 3f, ridden and wandered over 1f out, headed 1f out, no extra, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Dandino (8-11) at Redcar 1m 1f mdn stks (5) sft.
Croeso Cusan 7-1 (8-6) Broke well, soon steadied to rear, ridden and headway 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 13, 9l behind I'm In The Pink (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Nov.
Silken Sands (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Chased leader, under pressure 3f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 15l behind High Constable (8-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Pitbull 50-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 11th of 12, 32l behind Tanfidh (9-4) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.