SPINNING WATERS is narrowly preferred to Saborido, Canmoss and Melange. The selection was a winner a fortnight ago at Pontefract. That win came on the horse's step up in trip for his handicap debut and now finding his ideal conditions he looks sure to keep finding the necessary improvement to defy this 4lb higher mark. Canmoss was second on his reappearance run at Pontefract but he shaped with plenty of promise and he looks to be fairly handicapped, whilst the visor is tried on Witch Of The Wave who needs to improve on recent outings. Golden Games represents a trainer in good form, a comment that also applies to Saborido. Amanda Perrett's son of Dixie Union was another who improved on previous form on his recent handicap debut and he will appreciate this quick ground. Melange won well on the all-weather at Southwell last time, showing plenty of grit and he may still be well-treated for this return to the turf off a 6lb higher mark, whilst better of Excelsior Academy is anticipated this afternoon. A hard race to work out but we come down on the side of Spinning Waters.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Soon chasing leaders, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, rallied to press winner inside final 2f, driven and every chance over 1f out, held inside final furlong, lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Chiberta King (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Spinning Waters 6-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, driven and kept on gamely final furlong, won at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Apr beating Addison De Witt (7-13) by 1l, 7 ran.
Excelsior Academy 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Lyra's Daemon (9-4) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Saborido (USA) 10-1 (9-1) Held up, headway 4f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Lyra's Daemon (9-4) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Canmoss (USA) 7-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 2f out, driven and kept on until headed well inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Cry For The Moon (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Melange (USA) 10-1 (9-3) Awkward start, held up, headway halfway, every chance 2f out, hard ridden to lead inside final furlong, all out, won at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Apr beating Repealed (9-3) by nk, 9 ran.
Strathcal 14-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, behind, headway 3f out, soon ridden and no impression final 2f, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Brooksby (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Play To Win (IRE) 3-1 (8-11) Went right start, soon tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Canmoss (8-11) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Witch of The Wave (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on, 4th of 12, 1l behind Kochanski (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Golden Games (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 15, 8l behind Urban Space (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Aziz (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden and lost place halfway, 9th of 12, 16l behind Hometown (8-12) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Nov.