MR FANTOZZI was a winner over this trip when last seen and is put forward to score again today at the main expense of Astroangel and Wooden King. The selection had been disappointing since winning at Southwell last July however he was tried in cheek-pieces last time out and was soon in front. He rallied splendidly under pressure and gave his trainer his first winner. The four-year-old has proven a little inconsistent in the past but is expected to follow up here. Astroangel hasn't been seen since September of last year but shaped with promise last season. She remains winless but is handicapped to strike should things go her way. Wooden King deserves credit for his last outing where he ran a fine race, holding off all but the winner. He represents a stable in excellent form right now and he might be able to capitalise now brought out again soon. However his overall profile is pretty unappealing and we think a finish among the minors looks to be in the offing. Hits Only Cash looks best of the remainder. He was third on his seasonal return last time and is unlikely to be far away this afternoon. As is the norm a market check is advised, but in a race we expect to be dominated by three horses, Mr Fantozzi gets the vote.
Mr Fantozzi (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) With leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well until headed post, 2nd of 10, ns behind Convince (7-13) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Bestowed 200-1 (9-9) Dwelt and towards rear, headway on inner 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Russian George (8-13) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Clearing House 33-1 (8-5) Steadied start, pulled hard early and always towards rear, last of 10, 34l behind Onemoreandstay (8-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Apr.
Daring Dream (GER) 5-2fav (9-2) Chased leader, effort 2f out, held when slightly hampered approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 14l behind Landucci (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Ugenius 12-1 (9-2) Raced keenly in touch, ridden and effort 2f out, not quicken, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 12l behind Landucci (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Hits Only Cash 16-1 (8-3) Raced wide, in touch, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Sarwin (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Zeffirelli 10-1 (8-10) Led 2f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 16, 5l behind Seneschal (9-1) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Libre 11-1 (8-12) Awkward start, ridden and held 2f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Prince Rossi (8-6) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Chinese Profit 8-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead entering final 2f, headed 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Ocean Countess (8-10) at Yarmouth 7f stks 0-55 (6) gf.
Spanish Cross (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders to over 3f out, soon ridden and weakened quickly, tailed off, 10th of 11, 37l behind Zalkani (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
High Five Society 11-1 (8-4) Dwelt, always in rear, 8th of 11, 16l behind Amber Moon (8-4) at Southwell 1m clm stks 0-55 (6) fbs in Mar.
Wooden King (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) Led and set fast pace, edged left under pressure from over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Caustic Wit (8-2) at Chepstow 6f app hcp (6) gf.
Superior Duchess 33-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, soon in touch on outside, pushed along 3f out, soon beaten, eased when no chance final furlong, tailed off, last of 9, 45l behind Can Can Star (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Astroangel 8-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, headway over 2f out, ridden and switched left approaching 1f out, ran on, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Poppets Sweetlove (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcap (6) gd in Sep.
Confide In Me 3-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 8l behind Kingsholm (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Spares And Repairs 25-1 (8-9) Keen, chased leader until over 1f out, 7th of 11, 10l behind Cwm Rhondda (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.