SHEARIAN went close to following up his Kempton win when finishing second in a claimer at this track despite unfavourable terms. That effort didn't escape the handicapper's attention and he's been raised 7lb but it's still the best form on offer and Tony Carroll's charge gets the nod. Rakticate is another with claims dropping back in trip and Amelia Hull has a shout off a 2lb higher mark than when dead-heating for first over track and trip in January. Silver Fawn will do well to follow up his Kempton victory under a penalty, however, and Scepticism is proving hard to win with.
Shearian 4-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6f out, ridden 2f out, kept on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Minimee (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Rakticate (IRE) 4-7fav (8-6) Hampered start, headway to lead narrowly over 8f out, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 10l behind Darakti (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo app sell stks (6) fbs.
Zero Game (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Towards rear, effort over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 14l behind Precision Strike (8-1) at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Inessa Armand (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Tracked clear leader, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Rose Ransom (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Amelia Hull 5-1 (8-6) Prominent, led after 150 yards, headed 5f out, stayed on same pace final 3f, not able to trouble front pair, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind It's Only Business (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Feb.
Scepticism (USA) 5-2 (9-3) Slowly away prominent 6f out, ridden 3f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 7, 6l behind Luv U Whatever (8-13) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Silver Fawn (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Slightly hampered start, held up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, led post, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Solvanna (9-7) by shd, 6 ran.