Dickie Le Davoir should go well returned to turf fit from an all-weather campaign but he might have to settle for second behind HITS ONLY JUDE, with Angle Of Attack and Ask Dan others to consider. Declan Carroll's gelding ran well off this mark at Catterick last time when trapped wide throughout. That came over seven furlongs but his last win came at today's trip so if anything this drop back is viewed as a positive, whilst his rider showed himself to be capable when aboard the last day. The one concern is he's yet to win on turf but that's reflected in a very generous mark compared to his all-weather rating and a big run is expected. Dickie Le Davoir is now a pound below his last winning mark and today's conditions are ideal. He's happy on almost any surface and today's ground will be perfect for him, but he was well held last time and may have to settle for a minor role. Angle Of Attack can be tough to peg back on his day and is over a stone below his last turf winning mark but six furlongs here may stretch his stamina and for that reason we look elsewhere. Ask Dan is another who is nicely treated but this gelding has only won over a mile and may get outpaced, although he should stay on past many of these late in the day. Guest Connections should be fit after a recent run to blow away cobwebs and he could go well with conditions ideal as for the grade he's pretty reliable, whilst a market move for Alpha Tauri should be looked for as he is unexposed and tries the tongue-tie for the first time. Tangerine Trees runs for the first time in 2010 but has done all his winning at this trip and is respected, but Hits Only Jude arrives here fit and well, has his conditions, and gets the vote accordingly.
Ponting (IRE) 33-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakening when short of room approaching 1f out, 16th of 19, 17l behind Deadly Encounter (8-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Mar.
Tangerine Trees 9-1 (8-13) Raced wide in touch, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 11th of 13, 7l behind Great Charm (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, under pressure 3f out, soon weakened, last of 15, 24l behind Sutton Veny (8-12) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) std in Aug.
Running Flame (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Disputed, led after 1 1/2f, ridden and strongly pressed 1 1/2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 8th of 14, 7l behind Rassi Maguire (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov '08.
Dickie Le Davoir 13-2 (8-8) Slowly into stride, soon switched left, always in rear, 10th of 12, 8l behind Stanley Goodspeed (9-2) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Carmenero (GER) 40-1 (9-7) Pushed along in mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 7l behind Grudge (9-8) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
He's A Humbug (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Ponting (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Hits Only Jude (IRE) 13-2 (7-13) Towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winner towards finish, no impression, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Academy Blues (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Guest Connections 25-1 (8-12) Hampered start, in rear, never a factor, 7th of 11, 9l behind Bookiesindex Boy (9-0) at Southwell 5f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Mar.
Mey Blossom 10-1 (8-6) Held up, outpaced halfway, 7th of 8, 7l behind Onceaponatime (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Angle of Attack (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind La Capriosa (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Sea Crest 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Hawkeyethenoo (8-10) at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Ask Dan (IRE) 11-2 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 8l behind Botham (8-13) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.