Little to go on for us in this one, where PARISIAN GIFT looks best ahead of Romantic Verse and Orpen's Art. The selection has been running well recently and has placed in his two outings this year. Both of those were at Lingfield and over slightly longer distance. The trip here should suit and the 7lb drop in the weights should see the gelding to victory. Romantic Verse's only three races this year have all been at Wolverhampton and the gelding's two career wins came here over 7f, the last of them back in September. The four-year-old has been running fairly inconsistently since then but this move down in trip could be the change that is needed. Four-year-old Orpen's Art has been poor of late but stands out in poor company. The colt's form suggests he has preference for this trip over poly-track and this could be his best chance to re-capture his form of early 2008. The market should provide all of the clues for this poor race for us though we side with Parisian Gift.
Joss Stick 11-1 (8-11) Pulled hard, made most, pressed to over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 7l behind Don Pele (9-5) at W'hampton 6f sll (6) pol.
Mafaheem 7-2 (9-5) Behind, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not troubled leading pair, 4th of 7, 3l behind Don Pele (9-5) at W'hampton 6f sll (6) pol.
Orpen's Art (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 3f out, not much room over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Dark Tara (8-8) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Parisian Gift (IRE) 7-4jt-fav (9-8) Soon led, headed over 2f out, rallied to lead entering final furlong, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Desert Dreamer (10-0) at Lingfield 7f sll (6) pol.
Peter's Storm (USA) 9-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed well over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 5, 7l behind Swinbrook (8-12) at Southwell 6f sll (6) fbs.
Inka Dancer (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, ran on final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 14, 3l behind Fun In The Sun (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Interchoice Star 2-1fav (8-8) In touch, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 13, 8l behind Convince (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-50 (6) fbs.
Loose Caboose (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon outpaced, 7th of 10, 6l behind Calmdownmate (8-13) at Southwell 5f app clm (6) fbs in Jan.
Romantic Verse 12-1 (8-11) Raced keenly, prominent, ridden 2f out, soon lost place and weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 11, 9l behind Mr Macattack (9-10) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.