Cape Velvet, Winning Show and Power Ballad look the three to concentrate on here and the narrow vote is given to Winning Show. The selection was a fair second behind Gordonsville last time out. The drop in trip may help as he pulled hard on that occasion and with his yard in form he is a speculative choice. Cape Velvet rates the main danger on his latest third behind Kildare Sun he goes on any ground and will not be far away. Power Ballad is sure to strip fitter for his first run of the season and as he is unexposed he should be watched in the market. Of the remainder, the booking of Richard Hughes for Goose Green catches the eye but in a race that throws up more questions than answers Winning Show is our idea of the winner.
Cape Velvet (IRE) 10-3 (9-4) Held up, headway 2f out, edged left and ridden over 1f out, ran on well towards finish, 3rd of 6, nk behind Kildare Sun (9-4) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Millfield (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Steadied start, keen hold, ridden 3f out, one pace, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Steig (9-0) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Power Ballad 2-1fav (9-0) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakening when hanging left, last of 6, 19l behind Miss Marauder (8-4) at Kempton 1m fll hcp (5) pol.
Finsbury 11-1 (8-12) Raced stands side, held up, some headway halfway, beaten over 2f out, 6th of 10, 13l behind The Fifth Member (8-12) at Folkestone 7f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Goose Green (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 9th of 13, 6l behind Millfield (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Haasem (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Took keen hold towards rear, headway 2f out, never nearer, 9th of 14, 7l behind Mr Napoleon (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Metropolitan Chief 8-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 15l behind Mineral Rights (9-2) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Moyoko (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Prominent, driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 9l behind Waterloo Corner (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Winning Show 11-4fav (8-4) Soon led, ridden when headed 2f out, every chance final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Steig (9-0) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.