Kevin Ryan's Safebreaker is bound to be popular with backers having been running consistently well since the turn of the year but he has paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper for that consistency and he may have to settle for a place again with preference for AFRICAN CHEETAH, who gets the nod over Addwaitya. Chris Wall's gelding has done little wrong of late but he struggled off this mark at Folkestone last time and may do so again. Roger Charlton's Classically won his maiden at Kempton well enough last time but this is tougher and of more interest may be recent Wolverhampton winner Black Rain, although he is seemingly better on the Polytrack than on turf. Tim Easterby's Bollin Dolly has shown improved form of late but another 2lb rise for her latest effort when second at Redcar looks harsh and of more interest may be Danehillsundance, who is unexposed over this trip and ran well when last racing over it. The vote though goes the way of Mark Johnston's African Cheetah, who should appreciate the drop back in trip having seemingly just failed to stay 1m4f in his last two starts.
Addwaitya 17-2 (9-6) Took keen hold, held up in touch, pushed along over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 5th of 9, 2l behind Silverglas (8-12) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Danehillsundance (IRE) 3-1fav (9-8) Tracked leader, saddle slipped over 3f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Zennerman (8-9) at Nottingham 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Black Rain 9-2 (9-10) Tracked leaders on inside and always going well, not clear run, switched left to inside and led well over 1f out, pushed clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Shady Gloom (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Safebreaker 7-2fav (10-13) Prominent, challenged 2f out, not much room on rail and switched left over 1f out, ran on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Crossbow Creek (11-6) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Come April 10-1 (9-12) Took keen hold, held up, towards rear, no progress final 2f, 10th of 12, 12l behind Pelham Crescent (9-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Along The Nile 25-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 11, 30l behind Follow The Flag (9-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
African Cheetah 9-4fav (9-2) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Rayhani (9-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Bollin Dolly 13-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, hd behind Follow The Flag (9-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Classically (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Always prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Illuminative (9-3) by 2l, 9 ran.
Sarwin (USA) 13-2 (8-10) Led, headed 3f out, not much room over 2f out, still challenging over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Kiwi Bay (9-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Active Asset (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never a factor, 9th of 12, 16l behind Tanfidh (9-4) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Maybeme 4-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, held up in last, headway to go 3rd over 4f out, ridden 2f out, soon edged right, one pace, last of 4, 4l behind Point Of Light (9-3) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Blue Spinnaker (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Towards rear, never dangerous, 11th of 13, 18l behind Ninth House (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Diamond Lass (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Mid-division, struggling 3f out, no headway, 9th of 15, 9l behind Wiseman's Diamond (9-3) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Kool Katie 33-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, 19l behind Spensley (8-9) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.