Paul Cole's Desert Strike made an encouraging return over course and distance earlier this month when a close up fifth behind Ridley Didley and he has to be respected having slipped to a decent mark but a better bet looks to be Milton Bradley's MEIKLE BARFIL, who holds the Cole runner on running here last time and he gets the vote with The History Man rated the best of the rest. The selection is nothing out of the ordinary but that was a decent effort by him here last time and he has an obvious chance racing off the same mark today. Stable companion Bluebok has been running creditably on the Polytrack of late and has to be considered back on turf, while Phil McEntee's Thoughtsofstardom ran well over six furlongs at Folkestone a week ago and is just as effective over the minimum trip so has to be respected. Ruth Carr's Tournedos has been given a chance by the handicapper having been dropped 10lbs since his most recent start and is another to consider along with The History Man, who is better than he showed on his reappearance. Several of these have claims in a competitive contest but Meikle Barfil is marginally preferred and can resume winning ways.
Desert Strike 12-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, not clear run and hampered 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Ridley Didley (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Tournedos (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Went left start, mid-division, ridden halfway, soon weakened, last of 10, 8l behind Medici Time (8-11) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 6, 5l behind Misaro (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Style Award 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Rough Rock (8-12) at Folkestone 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Micky Mac (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out soon weakened, 10th of 11, 13l behind Leading Edge (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Braille 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, not troubled leaders, 6th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Ridley Didley (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
The History Man (IRE) 11-1 (8-6) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 20l behind Cornus (7-13) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Greek Secret 25-1 (8-10) Refused to race, took no part, in a race won by Ridley Didley (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf, 17 ran.
Bluebok 14-1 (8-8) Prominent, badly hampered over 3f out, lost place, no danger after, 6th of 10, 8l behind Riflessione (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Thoughtsofstardom 12-1 (8-5) Led under stand side rail, ridden and hung right over 1f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Rough Rock (8-12) at Folkestone 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Meikle Barfil 50-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, switched right well over 1f out, stayed on under pressue inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 2 1/2l behind Ridley Didley (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
You'relikemefrank 20-1 (8-6) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra, 7th of 13, 5l behind Across The Sands (8-10) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Mister Incredible 16-1 (8-11) Pressed leader until over 1f out, weakened rapidly final furlong, 9th of 12, 14l behind Saddlers Bend (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (0-50) (7) pol in Feb.
City For Conquest (IRE) 40-1 (8-2) Outpaced, some headway over 1f out, never a factor, 8th of 10, 3 1/2l behind La Capriosa (9-5) at Redcar 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Town House 66-1 (7-11) Raced wide in touch, pushed wide on bend well over 2f out, weakened soon after, last of 9, 17l behind Ridley Didley (8-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Taboor (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Steadied start, held up in touch, weakening when hampered just over 1f out, 8th of 11, 9l behind Wreningham (8-7) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Miacarla 100-1 (7-13) Always towards rear, last of 11, 17l behind La Capriosa (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.