Arlecchino, Ifan and Yourinthewill have all been running well without being quite good enough off their current marks. Ellaal and Dozy Joe are both upped in class after recent course wins and Spirit Of Gondree has been raised 6lb for last month's victory over track and trip. Taro Tywod has a shout on her best form but hasn't raced since September, so the vote goes to STRONG CONVICTION, a runner-up on the Turf off a higher mark last season and assisted by the useful apprentice Charlie Bishop today.
Arlecchino (IRE) 7-4 (9-7) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3/4l behind Kindlelight Storm (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Strong Conviction 14-1 (9-7) Led 2f, tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 13l behind Cathedral (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Ifan (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Club House (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Spirit Of Gondree (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway travelling well and weaved through between horses over 1f out, quickened to lead 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Gabrial's Wawa (9-7) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Dozy Joe 10-11fav (9-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 2f out, squeezed through rivals over 1f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating General Tufto (8-8) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Taro Tywod (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Prominent, led 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Be My Rock (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f app hcp (6) gf in Sep.
Sutton Sid 6-1 (8-10) Tracked leading pair, switched left over 1f out, keeping on same pace in 4th and no impression when bumped entering final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Top Diktat (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
First Sargeant 7-1 (8-1) Mid-division, effort on outside over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 11l behind Corton Lad (9-2) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Byroness 12-1 (8-13) Steadied start, behind, ridden over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 6, 6l behind Hill Of Dreams (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Yourinthewill (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Held up, closed 3f out, edged left and ran on inside final 150 yards, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 4, nk behind Kindlelight Storm (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Ellaal 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along over 2f out, soon headway, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Colour My World (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.