It's tempting to consider that MEDITERRANEAN SEA is in the handicapper's grip now having landed a hat-trick at this course over the winter. But she's faced stiffer competition on her last couple of starts and John Jenkins' mare gets the nod with doubts surrounding her main rivals. Carnac drops back in trip and up in class after scoring here a week and also has a penalty to contend with, while Three White Socks was still beaten 11 lengths when runner-up over C&D last time. Gosforth Park won a lowly handicap here in November and will find this tougher and the same comment applies to last month's course winner Light The City. Ginger Grey could prove the biggest danger returning from a spell over hurdles.
Mediterranean Sea (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) Held up, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Southern State (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Shifting Gold (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly away in rear, outpaced over 3f out, 8th of 10, 22l behind Captain Bellamy (9-4) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Ginger Grey (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Steadied and switched left after start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 13, 6l behind Brio (8-10) at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in Oct.
Light The City (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind Southern State (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Carnac (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Raced wide tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, led over 4f out, soon clear with one other, soon ridden, in command from 2f out, eased final furlong, won at Southwell 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Mar beating Polly Holder (9-1) by 8l, 6 ran.
Three White Socks (IRE) 3-1 (8-13) Dwelt reminder soon after start, tracked leader after 2f, left in lead over 8f out, ridden and headed over 4f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 11l behind Priceless Art (9-12) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Gosforth Park 7-2 (9-3) Raced wide, close up, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind C P Joe (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Yossi (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 8, 7l behind The Blue Dog (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.