MARINO PRINCE is on a roll and can win again. The ground will ask more questions but this son of Dr Fong is potentially still well-treated under his 7lb penalty. Nous Voila handles this ground well, whilst Lean Burn sauntered to victory at Market Rasen and is a huge player here. Simone Martini is yet another recent winner to line-up and his proven course form means that along with the well-handicapped Imperial Royale he rates a big danger.
Marino Prince (FR) Evensfav (11-6) Raced on inside, held up in rear, smooth headway to track leader before 3 out, led on bit well before next, came clear from 2 out, easily, won at Kempton 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd beating Tocatchaprince (10-3) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Nous Voila (FR) 6-4fav (10-12) Always prominent, led 3 out, headed last, carried left flat, stayed on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Tom O'Tara (10-11) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
Lean Burn (USA) Evensfav (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 4th, not fluent and led 3 out, soon clear, eased flat, easily, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs beating Be My Light (11-1) by 11l, 5 ran.
South Bank (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Mid-division on outside, headway 7th, ridden after 12th, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 12, 22l behind King Jack (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Simone Martini (IRE) 5-2fav (10-3) Held up in touch, headway to go 2nd 4 out, effort when badly bumped after next, soon led, headed 2 out, switched right between last 2, stayed on to lead again last, held on when hard pressed flat (no time taken), won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy beating Quam Celerrime (10-5) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Imperial Royale (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Pressed leader, led approaching 5th, ridden after 2 out, soon 3 lenghts clear, headed last, weakened flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Carrig An Uisce (11-12) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-85 (5) sft in Mar.
Lady Of Ashcott 20-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, effort and every chance 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace from next, no impression, 4th of 17, 19l behind Black Phantom (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft.