HILBRE COURT has four course wins to his credit but all over a mile including his latest win a fortnight ago. However, he likes to race up with the pace and, if allowed to take an early lead again, today's rivals will have some trouble pegging him back. Putin couldn't catch him here last time and Tenancy has reverted to his more usual woeful efforts since scoring over C&D in March. Norcroft was only beaten a length the last time he raced here, however, and the veteran looks a bigger threat than previous C&D winner Adam De Beaulieu.
Bishopbriggs (USA) 80-1 (9-1) Dwelt, outpaced, 10th of 14, 27l behind Clever Omneya (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Aug.
Hilbre Court (USA) 22-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, led over 4f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs beating Hits Only Jude (8-7) by 1l, 13 ran.
Princess Willow 16-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 6l behind Kipchak (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Adam De Beaulieu (USA) 10-1 (8-13) Held up, outpaced 3f out, 5th of 6, 12l behind Only Ten Per Cent (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Apr.
Putin (IRE) 22-1 (8-3) Led until over 4f out, remained prominent, effort over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Hilbre Court (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Tenancy (IRE) 17-2 (10-0) Chased leader until halfway, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 16l behind Instructress (9-7) at Lingfield 5f Lady Amateur Riders Handicap (0-60) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Norcroft 20-1 (8-3) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 13, 4l behind Cut And Thrust (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 5l behind Join Up (9-2) at Nottingham 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Clear Spring (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) In touch, headway over 2f out, soon every chance, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Ermyn Flyer (8-1) at Brighton 1m stks 0-55 (6) sft in Apr.
Queen's Choice (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Dwelt, in rear and pushed along, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 10l behind Lindoro (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Fathey (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Mid-division, weakened halfway, 10th of 14, 21l behind Monte Cassino (9-1) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Jan.
Amber Moon 100-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Lindoro (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Miss Tooty Fruiti (IRE) 150-1 (8-1) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden and lost place 3f out, soon weakend, last of 7, 35l behind Standpoint (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Apr.