Thompsons Walls is the highest rated in the field but has shown very little to recommend him so we instead we turn to Prince Noel and HERBAL CRESENT with the last named preferred. Ollie Pear's gelding drops into selling company after some solid efforts in handicaps. He was well beaten last time off a high looking mark but did take victory off a mark of 60 three starts ago in a better race than this. He should go well off these terms and will handle the fast going despite his recent best coming on polytrack. Thompsons Walls perhaps needed the run last time out after 225 days off but was well beaten that day. He did win one of these last summer but he'll have to show more to score this time. Prince Noel wasn't far beaten in one of these races last time behind a rival rated eight pounds better. He is quite consistent for this level but it looks as if he needs nine furlongs to be at his best. Rowan Lodge is one win from one run at this track and will like the quick conditions while Bajan Pride has got bits and pieces of form to suggest he can grab some of the prize money. Definitely don't wager the mortgage on such an average contest where Herbal Cresent is the marginal selection.
Ming Vase 8-1 (8-8) Close up until lost place over 3f out, last of 13, 45l behind King of The Beers (8-10) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp (6) fbs in Mar.
My Mate Mal 14-1 (9-4) Raced freely, 2nd until over 6f out, remained handy, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 15l behind Ergo (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Rowan Lodge (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) In touch, raced keenly, ridden and lost place 3f out, soon in rear, 12th of 13, 19l behind Templetuohy Max (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcap (6) pol in Jan.
Thompsons Walls (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders and keen, dropped mid-division halfway, ridden and weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 14l behind Ahlawy (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Able Dara 50-1 (9-9) Towards rear, driven and some headway 4f out, no headway soon after, 6th of 12, 25l behind West With The Wind (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, driven and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 13l behind Splash The Cash (9-4) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf.
Bajan Pride 20-1 (8-10) Soon led, headed 7f out, tracked leader, led again 4f out, headed over 1f out, lost 2nd place inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 6l behind Ahlawy (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Captain Royale (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Keen, chased leader, ridden and every chance well over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Run Free (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Desert Hunter (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 20, 12l behind El Dececy (9-5) at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) fm.
Herbert Crescent 14-1 (9-2) Dwelt, raced wide in mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 23l behind Kilburn (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Mister Maq 200-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 7, 16l behind Boundless Prospect (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Paint Stripper 80-1 (8-0) Always towards rear, last of 9, 19l behind Shotley Mac (9-1) at Catterick 7f hcap (4) hvy in Nov.
Prince Noel 3-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, headway over 4f out, went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Waterside (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol.
Sheik'n'knotsterd 50-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden along halfway, weakened over 1f, 8th of 13, 11l behind Megalo Maniac (8-12) at Southwell 6f app hcap (6) fbs in Oct.
Winged Farasi 28-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along halfway, behind and eased over 1f out, 8th of 10, 23l behind Very Well Red (8-6) at Southwell 1m clm stks 0-55 (6) fbs in Mar.
Zabeel House 16-1 (9-8) Steady start, held up in rear, pushed along halfway, kept on to go moderate 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Kipchak (10-0) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Rosewin (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Always behind, trailing before straight, last of 13, 23l behind Adjaliya (8-12) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Dec.