UPHOLD returned from a winter break to land a Nottingham maiden last June and followed up in a Haydock handicap. Disappointing later, he reappears for a new yard in first-time blinkers and can return to winning ways. The Which Doctor hasn't won since September 2009 but is generally consistent and Richard Guest fits him with an eye-shield for the first time. Thrust Control has a decent strike-rate and won a claimer at Catterick last time but his only all-weather success came on Southwell's Fibresand surface. Kipchak is consistent enough but has a few pounds to find on official figures.
Thrust Control (IRE) 2-1fav (10-0) Made all, ridden over 1f out, drew clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Catterick 7f clm stks (6) gd in Mar beating Apache Ridge (9-7) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Uphold 33-1 (9-0) Raced center, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 13th of 14, 24l behind Spoken (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Cloudy Bay (USA) (8-11) 3rd of 15 Pim Pam (9-2) at Compiegne(FR) 1m stk sft in Mar.
The Which Doctor 9-2 (8-10) Took keen hold, challenged for 2nd 3f out until ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 4, 12l behind Majuro (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol.
Kipchak (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Went right start, keen led, ridden over 2f out, driven and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Sir Haydn (8-6) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Mar.
Lean Machine 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, chased leader 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Stand Guard (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.