Top weight MR RAINBOW gains the narrow vote to land the feature race on the card at the expense of Pendragon and Dubai Dynamo. Alan Swinbank has his team of horse in fine form at present and although the turf flat season is still young a number of his horses have been catching the eye. Mr Rainbow was good enough to get off the mark on his debut outing at Wolverhampton and was not discredited at Salisbury after finishing second to a horse that had lots more experience. He looks a horse with a bright future and connections don't seen afraid of carrying top weight on his seasonal debut. Pendragon has been progressive on the all weather this winter and bids for a four timer today. He has however risen seventeen pounds in the ratings since the start of his purple patch and with a career high mark to conquer a personal best will be required. Dubai Dynamo has been a consistent performer over the past couple of seasons winning five times in his career to date. He proved his wellbeing after finishing third of nineteen in a competitive handicap on the opening day of the turf season at Doncaster last weekend and another bold bid can be expected. Mr Rainbow remains the most unexposed horse in the race and with more to come form this progressive sort he gains the narrow vote.
Mr Rainbow 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Victoria Sponge (9-2) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Dubai Dynamo 12-1 (9-3) In rear, hung left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 19, 1 1/4l behind Deadly Encounter (8-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Mar.
Charlie Tipple 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Mabait (9-1) at Leicester 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Oct.
Exit Smiling 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 3f out until over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 14l behind Trans Sonic (8-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Alakhan (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Prominent on outer, 4th halfway, ridden and one pace straight, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Palazzone (9-11) at Dundalk 7f hcp 60-100 pol in Oct.
Happy Anniversary (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 20, 4l behind Jordaura (8-11) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Lakeman (IRE) 18-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, well beaten over 1f out, 11th of 12, 19l behind Collateral Damage (8-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Sir Royal (USA) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 7th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Stevie Gee (9-8) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Pendragon (USA) Evensfav (9-6) Raced wide, held up, progress to track leaders halfway, chased leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar beating Bold Diva (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Glenmuir (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) In rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Collateral Damage (8-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Dawnhill (GER) 25-1 (10-0) Mid-division, took keen hold, effort on inside over 1f out, soon outpaced, 6th of 10, 3l behind Fighter Boy (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Wovoka (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up, good headway from over 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 17, 8l behind Blue Spinnaker (10-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gs in Mar.