The step up in trip and quicker surface proved ideal for FREE OF CHARGE (NAP) here last month and he is fancied to shrug off a 7lb higher mark to double his tally. Bridal Suite arrives off the back of a victory at Fontwell and is another for whom better ground seems a pre-requisite. Kudu Shine is pretty much exposed but the top weight has place claims with Mr Cardle turning in a shocker when favourite at Southwell and Horsted Valley proving a disappointment. The mare Triumph Davis also needs more.
Kudu Shine 15-2 (11-12) Mostly tracked leader, led after 7th, ridden and headed before 2 out, one pace and beaten before last, 5th of 9, 13l behind Pagham Belle (10-0) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Free Of Charge (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Pressed leader, challenged before 6th, led next, clear and hung left from 2 out, 3 lengths ahead last, driven run-in, all out, won at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar beating For 'n' Against (11-8) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Triumph Davis (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) In touch, ridden 4 out, held when blundered badly next, great recovery by rider, no chance after, 6th of 7, well behind Capard King (11-8) at Fakenham 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Horsted Valley 66-1 (11-3) Led until long run before 4th, chased leader until next, chased leaders, pushed along before 3 out, mistake and weakened 2 out, 7th of 15, 35l behind Qualando (10-7) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Bridal Suite (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden before 3 out, headway before 2 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, hung left run-in, kept on, won at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar beating Maccabees (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Mr Cardle (IRE) 2-1fav (9-13) Tracked leaders, pushed along and last after 8th, responded to challenge before next, led 4 out, headed after 3 out, weakened 2 out, last of 5, 36l behind Feast Of Fire (10-11) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Storm Alert 8-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 9, 31l behind Comical Red (10-3) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Arthur Mc Bride (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Behind, ridden after 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 7th of 9, 39l behind Storm Of Swords (11-8) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.