Retrieve won a maiden at Stratford more comfortably than the winning margin would suggest. Though a handicap mark of 115 still seems a shade excessive given the runner-up was only rated 96. HI TIDE is preferred as he won a handicap at Worcester three weeks ago and a 4lb rise doesn't look insurmountable. Powederonthebonnet was still well beaten at Uttoxeter last time and Kayfton Pete looks a bit stuck off his current mark while Travis County is 7lb higher than when winning over timber back in December.
Retrieve (AUS) 4-5fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 2 out, led going well before last, not extended, won at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gf beating Flash Tommie (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Hi Tide (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway from 3 out, every chance last, stayed on strongly to lead closing stages, won at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun beating Ladies Dancing (11-2) by 1l, 11 ran.
Powderonthebonnet (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Vyta Du Roc (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Travis County (IRE) 5-2fav (11-3) Made virtually all, headed before 4th, reminders and soon regained lead, kept on run-in, all out, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec beating Satanic Beat (11-9) by nk, 9 ran.
Kayfton Pete 5-1 (11-12) In rear, took keen hold, headway to go 4th before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 4th of 9, 11l behind Master Of The Hall (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.