HIGHLY REGAL is the selection here ahead of Barataria and Flores Sea. The selection is in superb form of late, completing a hat-rick at Kempton last time out. The four-year-old looks much improved in blinkers and with a rise in the weights failing to hinder his progress, the extra 5lb shouldn't ruin his recent run of form. Barataria has been doing well at Southwell and was a course and distance winner in December. The gelding will be running off a career high mark today but has ran well previously over a mile at Southwell. Flores Sea comes from an in-form yard. The gelding's three career wins have been on left-handed tracks and his last race looked to be a blip. The five-year-old is much better than his current form shows so could be worth another chance. Dudley Docker was a course and distance winner here back in April of last year. He is noted for being a quirky individual for whom things need to drop perfectly. This should prove to be a fairly tight contest, but for the winner we return to Highly Regal.
Dudley Docker (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up, always towards rear, last of 8, 8l behind Ravi River (9-3) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.
Flores Sea (USA) 11-8fav (9-4) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Obe Royal (8-10) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.
Penchesco (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) In touch, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 13, 8l behind Pension Policy (8-10) at Great Leighs 1m 3yo hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Barataria 17-2 (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, edged left entering final furlong, ran on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind More Time Tim (9-2) at Southwell 1m app hcp (5) fbs in Feb.
West End Lad 5-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden 3f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 6, 5l behind North Parade (9-3) at Southwell 1m clm (6) fbs in Feb.
Hilbre Court (USA) 9-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, driven and one pace final 2f, 2nd of 8, 3l behind More Time Tim (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.
Highly Regal (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leader, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, driven out, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb beating Fine Ruler (9-1) by 1l, 9 ran.
Jebel Tara 13-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Mocha Java (8-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Downhill Skier (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Took keen hold to lead, ridden along over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind More Time Tim (9-2) at Southwell 1m app hcp (5) fbs in Feb.
Lord Theo 50-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, chased leaders 3 out, kept on same pace, 10th of 11, 11l behind Abbondanza (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol.