BOY THE BELL has been running well over 7f here of late, including a close-up third last time. Ollie Pears' course-and-distance winner is reunited with winning partner Jacob Butterfield for this and the latter's claim should give him the edge. Jawking has tumbled the weights and showed the first real improvement for it when third in better company last month. He looks to have solid claims, but it's harder to make a case for Prince Of Passion, who has gone off the boil since scoring over 7f here in January. Powerful Pierre has the past form to figure and could prove best of the rest.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 25-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, last of 9, 13l behind Frontier Fighter (9-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Blodwen Abbey 10-1 (8-4) Very slowly away, keen headway to go close up after 2f, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 12l behind Climaxfortackle (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Jan.
Powerful Pierre 4-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, lost place after 2f, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Maggie Pink (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Kyllachy Storm 20-1 (8-0) In touch, lost place over 2f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Ashpan Sam (9-3) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Boy The Bell 9-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, tracked leaders on inside, going well 2f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden, ridden and pressed inside final furlong, headed final 100 yards, lost 2nd final stride, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Blue Noodles (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Jawking 33-1 (8-8) In touch, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Greenhead High (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Gentleman Is Back (USA) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 13l behind Ace Of Spies (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr '12.
Scommettitrice (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Raced wide towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 12, 6l behind Victorian Number (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Ice Trooper 20-1 (9-5) Disputed lead, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 5l behind Johnny Splash (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Athaakeel (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Slowly away, always in rear, last of 7, 9l behind Homeboy (10-0) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Nors The Panic 20-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, 9th of 10, 13l behind Jordanstown (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.