AZRAEL separated a couple of higher rated horses when runner-up in a seller at Wolverhampton last time. It's been some time since Alan McCabe's charge won but he looks up to landing this off his current mark. Maiden winner Tight Lipped has claims with a 5lb claimer helping his cause and Silver Alliance is another recent Polytrack winner with a shout. Bloodsweatandtears is back on a winning mark and went close at Lingfield last time while the lightly-raced Tweedle Dee has scope for improvement on her return from a lengthy absence.
Tight Lipped (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) In touch towards rear, ridden over 4f out, soon outpaced, headway on outer from over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 5l behind Caldercruix (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Azrael 7-2 (9-5) Led, ridden edged right over 1f out, hung left and headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Classic Colori (9-10) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Decent Fella (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Led at strong pace and clear 3f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Ree's Rascal (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Silver Alliance 9-4fav (9-0) Held up in touch, headway on outer to track leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 4l behind Travelling (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Feb.
Aquarian Spirit 28-1 (8-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 15, 9l behind Ginger Jack (9-3) at Redcar 1m hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Handheld 7-1 (9-2) With leader, led after 2f, headed over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 5l behind Jacobs Son (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Jan.
Diplomatic (IRE) 7-2fav (8-8) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Greyfriarschorista (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Bloodsweatandtears 7-4fav (9-7) Chased winner 3f, went 2nd again on inside well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Lieutenant Dan (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Tweedle Dee 4-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, stayed on well, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo sll (5) gd in Aug '11 beating Speedi Mouse (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.