Saffire Song scored over track and trip before following-up at Southwell. But she's been raised a further 8lb for her latest success while Nova Princesse hasn't figured in three subsequent starts since landing a double on the Polytrack last year. Both Ealain Aibrean and Under Approval have struggled in handicaps of late and it remains to be seen how Castorienta copes now handicapping after winning a maiden race at Lingfield. Top weight CRISIS AVERTED made a winning start over 6f here but could only manage third last time. Dropping down in class and trip today, Richard Fahey's colt looks to have an easier chance and gets the nod.
Crisis Averted (IRE) 9-4 (8-11) Chased leaders on outside, disputing 2nd 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Lady Frances (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Saffire Song 5-1 (9-3) Prominent when short of room after 1f, chased leaders, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden and stayed on, won at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb beating Argent Touch (8-4) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Nova Princesse (GER) 20-1 (9-3) Switched left start, keen soon tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Major Crispies (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.
Value (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders 4f, last of 6, 13l behind Claim The Roses (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Inciting Incident (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Led after 1f, headed inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Memory Styx (8-8) at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jul.
Castorienta 8-1 (8-6) Always prominent, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Touzr (8-11) by nk, 8 ran.
Lady In Blue 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and one pace from over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 12l behind Dont Have It Then (8-11) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Ealain Aibrean (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 4l behind Saffire Song (9-3) at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Under Approval 7-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Emerald Breeze (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Song of Rowland (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Held up, always towards rear, 10th of 11, 13l behind Saffire Song (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.