Despite closing in on entry to the near miss merchant's club we're going to side with JOIN UP in division one of a nine-furlong handicap at the expense of Gold Rock and Marjury Daw. Having been extremely unlucky to bump into one of the best handicapped horses of the season, who showed no signs of stopping a run of wins when in front for the second time since their meeting last time, the pick couldn't quite get to the winner over a shorter trip at Lingfield on his last effort. A return to this trip and track looks a plus and he has the best recent form of this field. Gold Rock hails from a yard going well and was a close up fourth at Ligfield last time. Under the same burden he should go well but his last run at this track leaves him with something to prove. James Given's Marjury Daw is down to the mark he only just missed off of in January so has to be considered while Mister Chocolate Drop was expected to do better on his last run but that was nearly a year ago. It's a contest that won't take much winning and Join Up has a really strong claim.
Gold Rock (FR) 10-1 (8-8) Broke well, raced keenly, soon in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Athboy Auction (8-1) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Mr Chocolate Drop (IRE) 7-2fav (8-13) Held up, headway when hung left over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, not pace to challenge, 5th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Almahaza (8-13) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar '09.
Molly The Witch (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Hampered 1st furlong, soon mid-division, short of room and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 17l behind Mellow Mixture (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Marjury Daw (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Awkward start, in rear, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 12, 5l behind Saddlers Bend (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
King's Jester (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up, headway on outer 2f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Well Of Echoes (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Join Up 7-4fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, hard ridden approaching final furlong, ran on, never nearer, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Athboy Auction (8-1) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Danish Art (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 9th of 13, 12l behind Bold Diva (8-10) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
The Graig 25-1 (8-6) Led over 1f, pressed leader, led 4f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 9l behind Make Amends (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Mighty Mover (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, effort when hung right on bend well over 1f out, hung left and weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 6l behind Matjar (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Cruise Control 8-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 24l behind Sworn Tigress (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
James Pollard (IRE) 15-2 (8-7) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 10, 4l behind Naledi (8-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Montmartre (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, steadied over 6f out, headway over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 10, 6l behind Machinate (8-12) at Kempton 1m app hcp (0-50) (7) pol in Feb.
Fitzwarren 12-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along and out paced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 5th of 9, 13l behind Sworn Tigress (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.