Afton View continues to be backed and run atrociously and so it may pay to take a chance on DAVIDS MARK ahead of Inka Dancer and Marvin Gardens. The selection hasn't won for over a year but he has rarely run a bad race since that Kempton success. This is his level and the handicapper has now given him a chance by dropping him to a mark of 50 - just 1lb above his last winning mark. He has a good draw to work from here and the stable's horses have started the year fairly well. Nawaff has had a three month break but will need to be in better form than when Mick Channon's gelding signed off in a claiming race at Kempton. Inka Dancer has some solid form off higher marks in the past so must be interesting off a mark of 50 today, however the fact that he is yet to win in 11 all-weather starts must ring some alarm bells. Marvin Gardens probably has a tough task off top-weight; Phil McEntee's gelding only has the one win to his name and that came in a weak maiden at Wolverhampton two starts back when wearing first time blinkers; they didn't have any effect when he was beaten since. At a price Donard Lodge could run better than recent efforts might suggest as this ex-Irish filly has now dropped to a career-low mark of 50. A tricky betting heat, and the most tentative of votes goes to Davids Mark.
Marvin Gardens 8-1 (8-11) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 14l behind Sarah's Art (9-6) at W'hampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Forever Changes 25-1 (8-13) Led 2f, tracked leader after, ridden over 2f out, no headway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 8l behind Shaded Edge (8-8) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Metropolitan Chief 40-1 (8-9) Steadied start, pulled hard in mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon lost place and weakened quickly over 2f out, 11th of 12, 26l behind Guildenstern (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Afton View (IRE) 5-1fav (10-8) In touch, one pace from over 1f out, 8th of 13, 4l behind Muktasb (11-4) at W'hampton 6f amt hcp (6) pol.
Nimbelle (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Steadied start, always rear, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 11l behind Lost All Alone (8-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Nawaaff 14-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden 2f out, outpaced and weakened over 1f out, no chance when eased inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 9l behind Mutamared (9-6) at Kempton 6f clm (6) pol in Oct.
Davids Mark 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, stayed on, not reach leaders, 5th of 10, 5l behind Hollow Jo (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Inka Dancer (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Chased leader to over 2f out, weakened soon after, 10th of 11, 14l behind Sendreni (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Faintly Hopeful 50-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, held up, ridden halfway, soon outpaced, 7th of 8, 7l behind Mutamared (9-5) at Lingfield 6f clm (6) pol.
Green Velvet 10-1 (9-0) Close up on outside, ridden and effort wide 2f out, slightly outpaced, kept on again final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind The Magic Blanket (8-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-50 (6) pol.
Donard Lodge (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Held up, raced keenly, some late progress, never dangerous, 6th of 13, 12l behind Sarah's Art (9-6) at W'hampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Straight Face (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Head To Head (8-8) at Southwell 6f hcp (6) fbs.