MAZIJ finally showed some improvement for his slide down the weights when runner-up over track and trip last time. He scored on Turf off a 5lb higher mark last year and the dual course and distance winner can confirm recent running with Lady Of Burgundy. The latter doesn't have that much to find with the selection and has subsequently run well again at this track but Layla's Boy has just the one win in 44 starts and that came at Southwell. Rubi Dia has also done all his winning so far on Fibresand while Needwood Park will find life tougher stepping up a grade having beaten Crimson Monarch here last time.
Mazij 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Activate (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Lady Of Burgundy 15-2 (8-8) Held up in last pair, closed over 3f out, not clear run over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ran on, no chance of getting to winner, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Bernisdale (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Layla's Boy 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Neighbourhood (8-6) at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Vertueux (FR) 16-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden 4f out, headway to 3rd 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 14l behind Sommersturm (9-9) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Lord Golan 16-1 (9-5) Towards rear in steadily run race, ridden 3f out, moderate late headway, never in contention, 10th of 12, 6l behind Bridge That Gap (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Rubi Dia 4-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 10, 22l behind Amtired (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Needwood Park 15-2 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Crimson Monarch (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Crimson Monarch (USA) 16-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 14, 2l behind Irene Kennet (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Cape Alex 13-2 (9-1) Mid-division, pushed along 8f out and again 5f out, weakened over 3f out, beaten when hung left over 2f out, 7th of 12, 23l behind Smart Affair (8-9) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Oct.