Blackmore scored on the Fibresand at Southwell last time but an earlier placed effort at Kempton suggests he can make another bold bid on this surface. Fantino won over C&D last month and is closely matched on collateral form with last week's runner-up here, Uncut Stone. However, both are upped in class today, as is C&D winner Dream Catcher, and a chance is taken that HIDDEN GLORY will take to the longer distance. His dam is closely-related to the very useful stayer Franklin Gardens and James Given's charge has won off higher marks than today in the past.
Cotton King 5-1 (9-12) Set steady pace until headed 8f out, tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 16l behind Storm Hawk (9-7) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Hidden Glory 10-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, good headway over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, went 4th and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Postscript (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sam Lord 12-1 (9-12) Soon led, headed 8f out, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 18l behind Accumulate (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Russian George (IRE) 11-2 (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 11l behind Mount Abora (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Blackmore 9-4fav (9-12) Led 2f, chased leader, pushed along over 6f out, stayed on under pressure to challenge over 1f out, led close home, all out, won at Southwell 2m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb beating Aaman (9-10) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Dream Catcher (SWE) 9-2 (9-10) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Magic Millie (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Fantino 8-1 (9-10) Made all, ridden 2f out, kept narrow advantage inside final furlong, held on gamely close home, all out, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb beating Blue Cossack (8-13) by ns, 9 ran.
Sansili 9-4fav (9-4) Mainly tracked leader, ridden 3f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 3l behind Dark And Dangerous (8-4) at Bath 1m 5f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Uncut Stone (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, went 3rd 2f out, soon ridden, hung left when not much room over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd post, 2nd of 11, nk behind Blue Cossack (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.