Nigel Twiston-Davies has won both previous renewals and this year relies on Crievehill. The top weight beat the re-opposing Aloomomo by 20 lengths at Sandown three weeks ago, with Masterplan even further behind, though conditions undoubtedly played a part that day and he’s gone up 9lb. Creep Desbois arrives in good form having only been beaten a nose at Leicester after winning at Fakenham but ORBASA (NAP) benefited from stronger handling at Kempton two weeks ago and the handicapper is finally starting to relent a little. With rain forecast, his ability to stay a bit further than this could be an asset. Native Robin may be the pick of the remainder.
Crievehill (IRE) 3-1jfav (11-12) Held up, raced keenly, headway 8th, challenged from 13th, led when not fluent 2 out, clear last, easily, won at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Mar beating Aloomomo (11-6) by 20l, 7 ran.
Creep Desbois (FR) 5-2 (11-1) Chased leaders, challenged 3 out, led last, headed post, 2nd of 6, shd behind Colin's Brother (11-1) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Feb.
Orbasa (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, headway 11th, chased leaders 4 out, pushed along in 3rd before next, outpaced between last 2, 4th and kept on run-in, 4th of 10, 4 3/4l behind Cepage (11-9) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Twenty Eight Guns 5-2 (11-12) Prominent, led after 2nd, headed after 5th, driven to challenge before 3 out, weakened after next, last of 4, 15 1/2l behind Enjoy Responsibly (11-9) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Mar.
Aloomomo (FR) 3-1jfav (11-6) Held up, not fluent 5th or 7th, headway 8th, 3rd and one pace 2 out, went 2nd just after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 20l behind Crievehill (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Mar.
Native Robin (IRE) 7-4 (11-2) Led, not fluent 2nd, headed 3rd, mistake 5th, lost 2nd 7th, beaten before 3 out, dropped to 4th 2 out, last of 4, 11 1/4l behind Silverhow (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Feb.
Masterplan (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Prominent, mistake 8th, led 10th, headed 2 out, no impression on winner when not fluent last, soon lost 2nd, 3rd of 7, 25l behind Crievehill (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Mar.
Amber Gambler (GER) 5-1 (11-7) Towards rear, pushed along before 7 out, chased leaders 5 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 11, 30 1/2l behind Shanroe In Milan (11-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp (4) sft in Jan.