Almaty Express, Bluebok and Triskaidekaphobia have struggled off higher marks since last winning and the same fate could await Steel City Boy. He has a 6lb penalty for last week's victory here when he had Mr Funshine three lengths behind. The maiden Monsieur Harvey has place claims, and so does The Tatling on his 161st outing, but the nod goes to RIO'S GIRL. Twice a winner over 5f on turf last summer, Kevin Ryan's filly can prove good enough on her seasonal reappearance with further progress likely.
The Tatling (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, no impression, stayed on same pace, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Desert Strike (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Rio's Girl 7-1 (8-8) Chased leading trio, bumped well over 1f out, not much room and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 4l behind Perlachy (8-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Misaro (GER) 11-2 (9-5) Not much room leaving stalls, soon tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Far View (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Almaty Express 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear on outside, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 9l behind Straboe (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Cavitie 9-1 (8-11) Keen early, steadied to rear after 1f, pushed along halfway, kept on one pace final 2f, 6th of 7, 6l behind Shawkantango (8-11) at Southwell 5f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden 2f out, headway 1f out, led inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb beating Head To Head (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Triskaidekaphobia 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden to lead narrowly 2f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 7l behind Black Baccara (8-2) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Jan.
Bluebok 25-1 (8-12) Raced wide in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 5l behind Polemica (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.
Monsieur Harvey 9-4fav (8-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and chance over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Polemica (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.
Tyrannosaurus Rex (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leader on inside, ridden and not much room over 1f out, stayed on near finish, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Bluebok (8-9) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Ronnie Howe 50-1 (8-7) Dwelt, held up, locked away on inside with nowhere to go halfway, effort to chase leader 1f out, no extra near finish, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Monte Major (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Mar '10.
Mr Funshine 6-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 10, 4l behind Steel City Boy (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Sally's Swansong 20-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 13, 5l behind Shawkantango (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.