ELUSIVE HAWK arrives in fine fettle and is hard to oppose. He scored at Kempton before last week's cosy win over track and trip and can shrug off a penalty in this. Mata Hari Blue and Art Dzeko are both course and distance winners but neither has raced since July last year while Mazovian arrives out of sorts. Masked Dance won a seller here earlier this year but is upped in class for this and Redcar winner Albert Tatlock looks a bigger threat if handling the surface as Dandy Nicholls' charge has plenty of scope for improvement.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 11-8fav (9-2) Held up in touch, led over 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Mar beating Ace Master (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Albert Tatlock (IRE) 15-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, 7th of 11, 18l behind Rocky Reef (9-1) at Doncaster 7f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Decent Fella (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Led at strong pace and clear 3f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Ree's Rascal (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Mata Hari Blue 11-2 (9-8) In rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 10, 9l behind Dr Red Eye (9-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Art Dzeko 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, lost place 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 28l behind Pearl Nation (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Mazovian (USA) 33-1 (8-6) Dwelt, raced wide, towards rear, ridden halfway, never a factor, 6th of 8, 6l behind Caledonia Prince (9-3) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Masked Dance (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 3l behind Rio Cobolo (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.