CITY PRESS arrives on the back of a couple of wins in all-weather bumpers. His only win over timber came on good ground at Market Rasen last year and he could prove good enough in this. Jonny Rye has to come into the reckoning on his latest second at Fakenham and Awesome Bella separated a couple of woeful efforts with a placed effort at Towcester last year. Limpopo Tom's best efforts in Ireland would see him thereabouts and he looks best of the rest.
Limpopo Tom (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 43l behind Trucking Along (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
City Press (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan beating Midnight Appeal (11-4) by hd, 11 ran.
Jonny Rye (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Close up in 4th, headway to press winner after 2 out, ridden and every chance last, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Chargen (11-11) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Snake Charmer 40-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, reminders after 5th, weakened 4 out, tailed off before 2 out, 7th of 8, 34l behind Thunderstorm (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Raktiman (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, not fluent 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, never able to get back on terms, 4th of 13, 12l behind Vinetta (10-6) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Awesome Bella 7-4fav (10-10) Mid-division, not fluent 6th, headway next, outpaced 9th, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind Carole's Destiny (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Esteem 16-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway after 6th, ridden and weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Master Of The Sea (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.