LAMPS has been well beaten in handicaps of late but scored at Market Rasen earlier in the year. He's clear at the weights dropping down into plating company and Michael Blake's charge looks the one to beat on such favourable terms. Gigondas won a seller at Taunton on his penultimate start but has to give weight to Scribe, who found the 120-rated Bodega too good at Ludlow recently. The remainder are harder to fancy on what little they've shown of late.
Gigondas 2-1 (11-8) Prominent when hit 1st, tracked leaders, closed again on outside when mistake 4th, challenged next, ridden when not fluent 3 out, no impression and lost 2nd after next, 3rd of 4, 26l behind The Bull Hayes (10-12) at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Lamps 20-1 (11-6) Raced wide, chased leader until 3 out, soon one pace and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 5, 25l behind Ceasar Milan (10-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb.
Alfie Alexander (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Prominent, left tracking leader 2nd, led after 5th until 9th, chased leader until weakened quickly after 10th, tailed off and pulled up after next, in a race won by Strange Bird (10-0) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Double U Dot Ede's 16-1 (10-9) In touch on outside, ridden over 4f out, outpaced and no impression from over 3f out, 4th of 8, 25l behind River Deep (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Scribe (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, never on terms with leaders, no extra before last, 5th of 13, 16l behind Bodega (11-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Collingbourneducis (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) In touch, ridden 3 out, kept on to go 4th flat, not trouble leaders, 4th of 7, 21l behind Powertakeoff (10-4) at Fakenham 2m (5) sft in Feb.