Lillington is 4lb higher than when landing this 12 months ago and has shown nothing this season. Billingsley arrives on a hat-trick, however, and looks sure to go well again. DORKING COCK is also on a three-timer and Tom Lacey’s charge has looked a different proposition since dropped back to the minimum trip. He can overcome a rise in grade to score again. Amoola Gold just came up short over course and distance in December but is 4lb higher. Flaminger has something to prove in this grade and Rose Sea Has has been beaten twice off higher marks since making all at Sedgefield. But Eddiemaurice beat useful opposition at Ascot a year ago and won over hurdles here last month so can’t be ignored.
Rose Sea Has (FR) 3-1 (11-3) Led to 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 4th of 6, 16 3/4l behind The King Of May (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Billingsley (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Made all, ridden 2 out, stayed on gamely, won at Haydock 2m hcp (3) hvy in Jan beating Muratello (11-8) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Dorking Cock (IRE) 4-6fav (11-11) Chased leader, jumped left 5th and 8th, led 2 out, clear flat, pushed out, won at Carlisle 2m hcp (4) sft in Feb beating Fanzio (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Amoola Gold (GER) 4-1 (11-11) Chased leaders in 3rd until approaching 9th, chased leaders, staying on under pressure when not much room briefly on inside from elbow on run-in, strong challenge near finish, just failed, 2nd of 10, shd behind Defi Sacre (11-10) at Newbury 2m hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Ontopoftheworld (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Led, headed 8th, dropped to rear 10th, eased after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Lillington (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Mid-division, lost place after 4 out, soon pulled up, at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Boagrius (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place and ridden before 8th, tailed off 5 out, pulled up before next, at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Eddiemaurice (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway approaching 6th, led on bit last, joined and driven run-in, all out, won at Newbury 2m hcp (4) hvy in Jan beating Mon Palois (11-5) by hd, 10 ran.
Flaminger (FR) 10-11fav (11-10) Led until after 9th, no impression on winner from 3 out, pecked 2 out, lost 2nd after last, no extra, 3rd of 4, 11 3/4l behind Finnegan's Garden (11-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.