Fair Star will need to improve further penalised for winning at Wolverhampton but can still confirm latest running with both Desert Dawn and Maharashtra. Caius Marcius is a prolific winner over hurdles and fences and makes a belated debut on the Flat but TOP POWER returns to novice company on his reappearance. Placed in handicaps last year having earlier gone close over track and trip, he may prove good enough representing Andrew Balding’s in-form yard having been gelded over the winter.
Caius Marcius (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Led, blundered 3rd and 5th, headed turning in, no impression with front pair before 2 out, ridden and weakened flat, last of 4, 10 3/4l behind Al Dancer (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m (2) gs in Oct.
Desert Dawn 20-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, towards rear and outpaced 4f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Fair Star (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Feb.
Maharashtra 200-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 7 1/4l behind Fair Star (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Feb.
Sea Me Win (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Raced wide pressed winner, led narrowly 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 10 3/4l behind Harbour Front (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f stks (5) pol in Jan.
Shanghai City Epaulette gelding out of Point Perfect.
Rgeebee 200-1 (9-13) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 10 1/2l behind Endless Echoes (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll stks (5) pol in Jan.
Top Power (FR) 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and joined from over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Point In Time (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Fair Star (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, pushed along early in rear, headway over 1f out, switched right and went between horses inside final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Feb beating Happy Face (9-0) by 1l, 9 ran.
Salad Days (FR) 125-1 (10-0) Led over 4f, behind final 2f, tailed off, last of 8, dist behind Yes My Boy (8-9) at Newcastle 1m stks (5) pol in Feb.