A wide open contest to begin the card and with the stable in good form we will side with top weight SIR GEORGE to defy both that and a wide draw, with French Art, Ansells Pride and Northside Prince among a host of dangers. The selection has certainly shown his fair share of consistency, winning four of his 13 starts, mainly in claimers and sellers. He remains very competitive from today's mark and should have no problem on the ground, so we will side with him. French Art acts on good ground or softer, so this should be ideal for Nigel Tinkler's charge, who has not been seen since a decent effort from 1lb higher in December. If he is straight enough after the break then he has claims. Ansells Pride has been on the slide since scoring from a mark of 83 a couple of seasons ago and if he could reproduce anything like that ability he woudl go close, though on recent evidence he is bet watched. Northside Prince has look exposed from a mark of 65 recently, so a 3lb rise won't help him, but he might just be good enough to be part of the shake-up. Templetuohy Max is now back on a winning mark and stays at least this far, so he should be doing all his best work at the business end, though Sir George gets the vote.
Sir George (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Mid-division on inside, headway 3f out, switched right 2f out, soon ridden, led entering final furlong, kept on, won at Catterick 7f clm stks (6) gs beating Kingswinford (9-12) by 1l, 12 ran.
Localiser (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Raced towards far side, chased leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, soon edged left and weakened, 11th of 18, 18l behind Primaeval (9-3) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Oct.
Ansells Pride (IRE) 9-2 (8-4) Driven to press leader, led over 5f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no chance with leading pair final furlong, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Goliaths Boy (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Peaceful Rule (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Started slowly, always behind, 11th of 12, 31l behind My Verse (8-12) at Ripon 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Templetuohy Max (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Held up mid-division, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened inside last, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Follow The Flag (9-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.
Northside Prince (IRE) 15-8 (9-3) Always prominent, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Implication (8-12) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
French Art 2-1fav (9-6) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Wunder Strike (8-11) at Lingfield 1m app hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Dec.
Evening Sunset (GER) 5-2fav (9-0) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and unable to quicken over 2f out, rallied and stayed on inside final furlong to press for 3rd last strides, 4th of 10, 6l behind Global Conquest (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Seldom (IRE) 9-1 (8-4) Held up in mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 10, 4l behind Cheers For Thea (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Mar.
Ninth House (USA) 15-2 (8-10) Held up, not trouble leaders, 7th of 8, 12l behind Mr Hichens (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Fujin Dancer (FR) 15-2 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Danderek (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Street Devil (USA) 11-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, weakened final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Pendragon (8-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Maximus Aurelius (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Scary Movie (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Dream Win 25-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, last of 10, 14l behind Young Gladiator (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Fitzolini 10-1 (8-4) Close up, chased winner 4f out until ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Eseej (8-11) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.