Conor Dore's Total Impact comes into this in good form having not been out of the first two home in his last six starts but he has been done few favours with a draw in stall nine of the nine runners and a better bet may be INGLEBY STAR, who can confirm previous course and distance form with Grudge, meeting that rival on just 3lbs worse terms for a length and a half. Conor Dore not only saddles Total Impact and Grudge but also Punching, with the last mentioned having solid claims on form but being another runner from the stable with a tough looking draw to overcome. Several of the other runners have claims in a competitive opener but high draws are a concern for most of them. Reg Hollinshead's Bahamian Kid has been knocking on the door but is likely to find winning tough from stall seven, while the Andy Haynes-trained Desperate Dan has it to do from stall six. Milton Bradley's Lithaam has shown a consistent level of form of late and should be thereabouts again but he may once more have to settle for minor honours behind the selection, Ingleby Star.
Total Impact 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Hits Only Jude (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Bosun Breese 40-1 (8-13) Held up and keen, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 6l behind Onceaponatime (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan.
Brierty (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Raced wide, held up, pushed along halfway, ran wide into straight 2f out, headway 1f out, soon every chance, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Perlachy (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Bahamian Kid 10-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden halfway, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Perlachy (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Punching 14-1 (9-1) Led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Hits Only Jude (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Desperate Dan 5-1 (8-12) Held up, headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Total Impact (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Ingleby Star (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Bumped slightly start, always promiment, travelled well, switched right over 1f out, ridden, edged left and led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb beating Grudge (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Lithaam (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Thoughtsofstardom (9-0) at Kempton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Grudge 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, hung left under pressure inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Southwell 5f clm stks (6) fbs in Feb beating Total Impact (9-4) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.