Captain Dunne managed to roll back the years with a success at Haydock Park under today's rider but conditions were markedly different on that evening so it could pay to be looking elsewhere. PERFECT BLOSSOM was fifth on that occasion, but with a healthy pull at the weights and more suitable ground, Alan Berry's mare can reverse the form. Greek Spirit won a Wolverhampton handicap for Jeremy Noseda but was well beaten during the week on her debut for a new yard. Jofranka has yet to rediscover the form that saw her post three victories last season though she has a useful apprentice booked. Both she and Dusty Storm tend to race prominently and this could prove to be a major advantage in this "hands and heels" only race.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakening when not much room inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 7l behind Head Space (9-11) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Perfect Blossom 10-1 (9-6) Dwelt, towards rear and outpaced, kept on from 1f out, 4th of 6, 5l behind Space Artist (9-11) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Jofranka 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, every chance over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Iffranesia (9-6) at Doncaster 5f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Dusty Storm (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 6l behind Bispham Green (9-12) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jun.
First In Command (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Mid-division, hanging left over 2f out, headway when not clear run inside final furlong, not able to challenge, 7th of 8, 4l behind Dark Lane (8-9) at Windsor 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Greek Spirit (IRE) 5-4fav (9-12) Dwelt, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 12l behind Dishy Guru (9-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Irish Girls Spirit (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 11l behind Foreign Rhythm (8-8) at Redcar 5f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gf in Apr.