Punching is a C&D winner but most of his victories have come on the Fibresand and he's only been beating modest opposition on this surface recently. Dixie Gwalia was beaten more than 10 lengths when third on her reappearance at Yarmouth at Mack's Sister disappointed when favourite at Kempton last month. DANCING WELCOME loves soft ground and stays further than this. Though 6lb higher, Milton Bradley's mare can follow up her Doncaster win here though Gracie's Games has fallen to a decent mark and showed a bit more last time.
Strictly Pink (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Powerful Pierre (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Dancing Welcome 5-2fav (8-7) In touch, headway to lead 2f out, ridden out, gamely, won at Doncaster 6f fll hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Apr beating Shes Rosie (8-12) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Griffin Point (IRE) 11-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 4th of 6, 10l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-3) at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs in Feb.
Arachnophobia (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, driven in rear, never a factor, 8th of 10, 13l behind Beachwood Bay (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Pose (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 10l behind Whitechapel (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Punching 2-1fav (9-4) Made all, ridden halfway, pressed inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Southwell 6f sell stks (6) fbs in Apr beating Elhamri (9-4) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Dixie Gwalia 3-1 (8-9) In touch in rear, ridden and effort over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Viking Rose (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Mack's Sister 6-1fav (8-11) Awkwardly away, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never able to challenge, 10th of 12, 7l behind Twice Red (8-7) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Gracie's Games 14-1 (8-2) Went left start and awkwardly away, soon outpaced and behind, ridden and ran on final furlong, not clear run and switched left near finish, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Dispol Grand (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr.
Mucky Molly 28-1 (8-13) Held up, headway and came center 3f out, ridden and hung left to far side from over 1f, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 6l behind Katmai River (9-6) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Apr.