MAGGIE PINK is the only recent winner on show having scored at Wolverhampton last Tuesday. Her ability to handle the surface has to be taken on trust but she gets the vote in this company anyway. McConnell is a multiple course and distance winner but has been on the downgrade for the last year while Putin has also won here but arrives out of sorts. Rasselas won at Wolverhampton back in September but was well beaten on his only previous start at this track while Conas Ata Tu has yet to show any worthwhile form.
Maggie Pink 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, driven to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Tenbridge (9-2) by nk, 11 ran.
Rasselas (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, driven to lead over 2f out, hung left when headed over 1f out, not run on, 5th of 8, 5l behind Daniel Thomas (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Conas Ata Tu 33-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, sooin ridden, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Gabrial's Wawa (8-9) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
McConnell (USA) 33-1 (8-4) Taken to post early, held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 13l behind Our Ivor (8-10) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.
Putin (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, led until hlfway, chased leader until over 1f out, driven and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 3l behind Victorian Number (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.