Whipcrackaway finished third at Sandown last month with Dollar Bill a couple of lengths further back and a conditional's 7lb claim brings him into the equation. SASH OF HONOUR was also placed at Sandown last time when unlucky to come up against the progressive Pistol once again. Beaten only a length, Tim Vaughan's charge can go one better in this. Dropzone will need to improve on February's victory at Ludlow but he's capable of doing so and is another to consider. The remainder have shown little so far and will struggle to get involved unless Lascaux proves suited to hurdling after four modest efforts on the Flat.
Dollar Bill 8-1 (11-5) Held up in last pair, steady headway approaching 2 out, went 4th between last two, stayed on to 3rd just before hit last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Calculated Risk (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl (3) hvy in Mar.
Dropzone (USA) 11-10fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 6th, went 2nd before 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, edged left after last, ridden out, won at Ludlow 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Golden Acorn (9-12) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
Whipcrackaway (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Held up in 5th, steady headway before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, led between last two, ridden and headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Calculated Risk (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl (3) hvy in Mar.
No No Cardinal (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 23l behind Magma (8-12) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Aug (flat).
Saffron Park 100-1 (10-7) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Bob's World (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar, 16 ran.
Sash Of Honour (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, jumped very slowly 1st and given reminder, more slow jumps followed, ridden to press winner before 2 out, no impression after last, stayed on to close on idling winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Pistol (11-5) at Sandown 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Lascaux 7-1 (8-11) Led and clear with one other until over 4f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 39l behind Broxbourne (9-6) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb (flat).
Supersticion 66-1 (10-4) Chased leading pair, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Jean Fleming (11-0) at Lingfield 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.