Top Cop made the most of a slide down the weights when scoring here three weeks ago but Kimbali will find life tougher off a 5lb higher mark having won over 7f at this track in November. DESERT STRIKE has been in better form of late and finished ahead of Intrepid when third over 5f last time. Conor Dore's charge is equally effective over this extra furlong and gets the nod. Daring Dragon has claims back on the Polytrack and Amosite can figure if in the mood.
Desert Strike 16-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Top Boy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Intrepid (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden when slightly hampered over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 7l behind Jubilee Brig (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Daring Dragon 14-1 (8-9) Dwelt, always behind, 17th of 18, 21l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Top Cop 8-1 (9-2) Keen disputed lead until led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, driven and all out, won at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Red Cape (9-0) by shd, 8 ran.
Amosite 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to press leader and every chance from 2f out, kept on one pace and carried slightly right inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Klynch (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Kimbali (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Slowly away in rear, headway and wide into straight 2f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Barbados Bob (8-12) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Invigilator 8-1 (8-12) Slow into stride in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 6, 7l behind Go Far (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Pull The Pin (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Awkward start, mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 11l behind Lujeanie (10-9) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp (0-70) (5) pol.