Dance With Wolves gets a tentative vote over Desert Spa, with Ambersong and Lucky Do just two more with claims in a wide-open contest. This is a hard one for punters to work out, but at least Dance With Wolves has recent winning form to his name and that could sway things his way. John Best's charge opened his account at Plumpton a fortnight ago, the addition of cheekpieces serving to rekindle his enthusiasm as he won a classified contest narrowly from Amnesty. That was a marginally better affair than this, and as long as he handles the fast ground today, he should go close. Desert Spa raced a bit too keenly when fourth at Hereford last time, but the 11-year-old has plenty of experience and could make his presence felt, while Ambersong disappointed here last time but has won over the course-and-distance in the past. Lucky Do was pulled up at Newbury in March but had a bit of a purple patch earlier and is not out of it. All in all, this is a head-scratcher of a race, but a small vote goes to Dance With Wolves.
Before Time 9-2 (10-0) Tracked winner, hit 2nd, ridden 3 out, weakening when jumped right last, 5th of 10, 11l behind Candarli (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Feb.
Canadian Storm 50-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, always toward rear, 6th of 10, 14l behind Political Intrigue (10-10) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gf.
Ambersong 10-3 (11-4) Chased leaders until weakened approaching 3 out, no chance when mistake last, 6th of 11, 23l behind Broke Road (11-6) at Ludlow 2m clm hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Lucky Do (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Chased leaders to 6th, soon well behind and pulled up at the last in race won by Astyanax (10-9) at Newbury 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Mar, 17 ran.
Tricky Venture 12-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, held in 4th place when fell at the last in race won by Real Chief (10-9) at Fakenham 2m sll hcp hdl (5) gd, 12 ran.
Waziri (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Chased winner 3rd, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 17, 7l behind Simonovski (11-0) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4) gf.
Desert Spa (USA) 40-1 (9-13) In touch and keen, ridden and weakened 2 out, 4th of 13, 12l behind Capitana (11-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Dance With Wolves (FR) 5-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, ridden and lost place 6th, kept on to chase leaders 2 out, hung left after last, rallied and led close home, won at Plumpton 2m hdl 0-90 (5) gs beating Amnesty (11-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.