Ice Pyramid won easily over course and distance last month but failed to land the odds in an amateurs' race at Lingfield last time despite the favourable terms and has to compete off a 5lb higher mark today. Groveman has been hurdling but was narrowly beaten at Carlisle when last on the Flat and can figure in this but LOPES DANCER gets another chance. Sent off favourite here on his first start since November, Brian Ellison’s charge could only manage third but will be sharper today and an apprentice’s 7lb allowance further helps his cause. Iconic Belle has been placed over longer trips at Wolverhampton recently but has yet to win on the all-weather.
Ice Pyramid (IRE) 4-11fav (11-5) Close up, chased leader 4f out, led 3f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, nk behind Dutch Uncle (10-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Groveman 9-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway on outside after 4 out, outpaced before next, no danger after, 5th of 9, 17l behind Sebastopol (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (2) gs in Feb.
Lady Camelot (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Awkwardly away, in touch, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 16 1/2l behind Ginistrelli (9-2) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (4) sft in Sep.
Iconic Belle 20-1 (10-2) Raced wide close up, pushed along 3f out, headway 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Mouriyani (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Dieu Benisse (FR) 22-1 (11-8) In touch in mid-division, struggling bypassing omitted 3 out, tailed off, last of 16, dist behind Getaway Mag (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Feb.
Lopes Dancer (IRE) 6-4fav (9-13) Led, pushed along and headed over 1f out, soon edged right, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 5 1/4l behind Sulafaat (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Sioux Frontier (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 10 3/4l behind Ice Pyramid (9-12) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Jan.