Mickey Pearce and The Wife's Sister are closely matched on recent form and are entitled to be thereabouts in this company but preference is for Cullian, who is taken to resume winning ways. The selection was good value for his win in a non-handicap seller at Towcester two starts ago and lost nothing in defeat in a claimer at Bangor last time on unsuitably soft ground; back on a faster surface today, he looks worth a bet in a moderate contest. Lazy Lena gave little sign for encouragement on her recent return from a break, while Irish Blessing has disappointed in two starts since winning at Leicester in January. Little Rort is hard to recommend on recent form and of more interest may be Breezer, who comes from a stable that is beginning to find their form so he may be better than recent form suggests. Sir Walter is another worthy of a mention but preference is for Cullian, who is taken to resume winning ways.
Cullian 8-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, outpaced 5th, stayed on from last, took 3rd post, no impression, 3rd of 11, 23l behind Mezereon (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f mrs clm hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Irish Blessing (USA) 12-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place after 3rd, soon behind, 9th of 14, 35l behind Elegant Clutter (11-1) at Warwick 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy in Mar.
The Wife's Sister 7-2 (10-7) In touch, led approaching 4 out, headed when bumped flat, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Mickey Pearce (10-2) at Hereford 2m 3f nov sll hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Little Rort (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Chasing leaders in 4th, when blundered and unseated rider at the 3rd in race won by Can Can Flyer (11-0) at Chepstow 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
Sir Walter (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Pulled hard in rear, always behind, 10th of 12, 48l behind Knockrigg (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) hvy in Mar.
Lazy Lena (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, well behind Fox Point (11-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Mar.
Mickey Pearce (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Mid-division, reminder after 4th, struggling when blundered 5th, some late headway, never dangerous, 4th of 15, 39l behind Glimmer of Light (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f nov sll hdl (5) gd.
Breezer 7-2 (10-12) Held up, driven and stayed on same pace from 3 out, 3rd of 9, 25l behind Froghole Flyer (11-12) at Plumpton 2m sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Mar.