This is a competitive race with plenty of in-form horses set to line up; our pick of them is SIR GEORGE who can get the better of French Art and Celtic Step. Our selection ran another solid race when just touched off at Beverley and providing he's over those exertions another bold display is in store. His readiness is more of a concern that the 2lb rise given by the handicapper and with Ian Brennan in the plate this gelding, who generally does take his racing well, should be thereabouts from a good draw. West End Lad showed he doesn't need to be racing at Nottingham to show his best form when scoring nicely last time but this prominent racer hasn't been done any favours by the draw so a bigger threat may be French Art, for whom conditions will be ideal and the 6lb rise he has incurred for winning well last time doesn't appear excessive. Hits Only Jude was back in second that day and is better off at the weights but our feeling is French Art will confirm the form, whilst Celtic Step is another with each-way claims. He's very well handicapped on his best and should be watched with interest, but this is his first run of the year and perhaps he'll need it. This is arguably the most competitive race of the night, with Sir George narrowly preferred.
Come And Go (UAE) 25-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 5l behind Just Bond (8-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Sir George (IRE) 13-8fav (9-1) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out to chase leaders, soon ridden, kept on to lead well inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 11, shd behind Dabbers Ridge (8-11) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
West End Lad 18-1 (8-7) Took keen hold tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr beating Brushing (8-12) by 3l, 16 ran.
French Art 9-4fav (9-1) Pulled hard, soon tracking leaders, led over 1f out, hard ridden, kept on well under pressure, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr beating Hits Only Jude (8-4) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Wovoka (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Slowly into stride, never a factor, 8th of 14, 9l behind King of The Moors (9-2) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Glenridding 7-2fav (8-8) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 14, 11l behind Keys of Cyprus (8-13) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Ubenkor (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, brought wide and headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Paraguay (9-2) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May '09.
By Command 15-8fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leader, hard ridden approaching final furlong, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr beating Woolfall Sovereign (9-4) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Templetuohy Max (IRE) 17-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 26l behind Fujin Dancer (8-7) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Steel Trade 8-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Just Five (9-1) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Ailsa Craig (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 3f out, not clear run, switched left over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Elusive Fame (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Hits Only Jude (IRE) 7-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, hard ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon every chance, no extra close home, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind French Art (9-1) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Shadowtime 9-2 (9-1) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Lujano (8-11) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Aussie Blue (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Reared start, behind, switched right and headway well over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind French Art (9-1) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Tanforan 9-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, short lived effort over 3f out, soon no impression, 7th of 14, 17l behind Very Well Red (9-0) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr.
Ninth House (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, short of room and snatched up 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 10l behind Bernix (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Frontline Girl (IRE) 5-2 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Kyllachy Star (8-11) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) hvy in Sep '08.
Celtic Step 2-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 2f out, hard ridden and every chance just inside final furlong, ran on just failed, 2nd of 8, hd behind Ten Pole Tudor (9-7) at Southwell 1m sell stks (6) fbs in Dec.