On old form New Beginning is dangerously well handicapped and while he is showing signs of form we prefer the recent efforts of the unexposed SIRVINO while Cheers For Thea is running well and could claim some of the prize pot. It could be that the pick is marginally ahead of the assessor despite falling just short off a mark three pounds lighter last time out. However, the lines from that contest look good and although this one has to prove aptitude for quick ground his form is tied in with better horse than he faces here and he is unexposed so should improve. Cheers For Thea won't want the surface any drier but won in similar company on his penultimate effort. That was followed by a remote second off a mark two pounds heavier than she has here so she should be able to get in the mix once more. New Beginning has threatened to return to form with a couple of placed efforts in the last few starts. Both have come in weaker contests, both off this mark and having won off a rating much higher in the distant past he is potentially well treated. Snow Dancer has been going well in fair handcaps on the polytrack recently and does handle this going but hasn't one off a mark this high since April 2007. You could make a case for one or two of the others as well but Sirvino should be just good enough.
Fortunate Isle (USA) 7-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 9, 5l behind Just Bond (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Snow Dancer (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Always prominent, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Ridgeway Jazz (8-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Destinys Dream (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 11, 4l behind Herrera (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Inside Story (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, last of 5, 11l behind They All Laughed (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
King of The Moors (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Chased leaders over 4f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened 1f out, 7th of 13, 14l behind Packers Hill (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) gd in Oct.
Sirvino 10-1 (8-12) Held up, headway halfway, chased leaders well over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Moves Goodenough (9-6) at Nottingham 1m app hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Moonstreaker 11-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, improved to chase leaders 4f out, soon ridden, weakened 2f out, 5th of 13, 12l behind Brave Mave (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (5) fbs in Nov.
New Beginning (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind All In The Red (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Rain And Shade 50-1 (8-6) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 17l behind Snowed Under (8-10) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (4) gd in May.
Trouble Mountain (USA) 14-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, ridden before halfway, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 11l behind Dream Of Olwyn (9-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Epidaurian King (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 14l behind Laurel Creek (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcap (5) pol in Feb.
Titinius (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 7, 5l behind Raucous (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 4yo sell stks (6) gf.
Cheers For Thea (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Held up, driven 4f out, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Jemima's Art (8-3) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo app hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Malinsa Blue (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 7l behind Alf Tupper (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Fell Pack 50-1 (9-9) Held up, effort over 2f out, some late headway, never reached challenging position, 7th of 12, 11l behind Taaresh (9-3) at Ripon 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs in Aug.
Fern House (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, always behind, 12th of 13, 13l behind All You Need (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f stks (7) pol in Feb.
Golden Future 66-1 (9-0) Steadied start, keen, held up in last place, ridden 3f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 15l behind That'll Do Nicely (9-4) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.