West End Lad won well at Leicester last month though a 7lb rise in the weights conspired to make life difficult for him at Newcastle, and the handicapper isn't in any mood to compromise. Ashdown Lad proved himself able to go well fresh when securing a claimer at Sandown last season, but MUBTADI looks on an upward curve so we won't desert him. A winner of three races at Lingfield and a further contest at Wolverhampton, he successfully translated that form to turf at Bath, and the 6lb rise accrued for victory shouldn't be enough to stop him. West Brit looks highly interesting on a return to the Flat. Formerly with Ed Dunlop, he lost his way over hurdles having shown some initial promise and the handicapper's allocation of a mark of 75 could be helpful. Vastly makes a handicap debut and is worth closely noting in the betting.
Mubtadi 5-2fav (9-0) Towards rear, headway on outside 3f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, stayed on when hard pressed final furlong, just held on, won at Bath 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr beating Hierarch (8-5) by shd, 9 ran.
West Brit (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Held up, headway and switched left over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 10l behind Pivotman (9-7) at Ffos Las 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep '11.
Ashdown Lad 12-1 (8-5) Pulled hard towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 3l behind Require (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
West End Lad 7-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, 8th of 12, 11l behind The Osteopath (9-6) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
King Zeal (IRE) 66-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 8, 13l behind Cool Sky (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Seven Summits (IRE) 66-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 23l behind Tanfeeth (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul '11.
Vastly (USA) 9-2 (10-0) Tracked winner, ridden 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind Gabrial The Master (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gd in Apr.
Breaking The Bank 14-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden and every chance from 3f out, led briefly approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Tafawuk (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Mazij 11-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on and no impression with winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind The Blue Dog (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
King Vahe (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden and outpaced 2f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 8l behind Lord Of The Dance (8-12) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Meetings Man (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Raced wide held up, headway on outer from over 1f out, ran on towards finish, 5th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Apache Glory (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.