AMI DEBOIS has been in good form this season and has his ground again. He’s gone up another 4lb since just beaten in a higher grade over course and distance five weeks ago but is still the one to beat. Salmanazar gives the impression he is capable of winning off his current mark and was well ahead of Kansas City Chief when fourth here last month. Favorito Buck's could easily bounce back following a break but, along with Potters Approach, seems to prefer better ground whereas conditions won’t both bother Vinnie Lewis or Bob Mahler. Commodore successfully stepped up to 3m at Warwick but has more on his plate here, as does The Bay Birch. Course specialist Loose Chips isn’t getting any younger.
Ami Desbois (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Led until before 2nd, chased leader until 6th, remained well there, 2nd again approaching 13th, led again approaching 3 out, hit next, ridden and headed last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 16, nk behind Classic Ben (10-10) at Sandown 3m hcp (2) sft in Feb.
Loose Chips 25-1 (11-3) Led before 2nd until blundered and headed 11th, lost 2nd approaching 13th, weakened 15th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before next, at Sandown 3m hcp (2) sft in Feb.
Vinnie Lewis (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Led until after 1st, chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 10, dist behind Virginia Chick (10-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp (2) sft in Dec.
Favorito Buck's (FR) 7-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 12, 21 1/4l behind Valtor (11-3) at Ascot 3m hcp lst (1) sft in Dec.
Bob Mahler (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Jumped left, chased leader, led 5th until next, chased leader until approaching 12th, outpaced before 14th, went modest 4th before 3 out, took modest 3rd run-in, 3rd of 7, 24 1/4l behind On The Blind Side (11-0) at Kempton 3m (4) gs in Jan.
The Bay Birch (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair, closer in 3rd place 5th, 2nd 13th, led approaching 2 out, clear approaching the last, stayed on well, driven out, won at Warwick 3m hcp (3) gd in Feb beating Sheneededtherun (10-4) by 4l, 5 ran.
Mustmeetalady (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders before 11th where mistake, ridden and weakened after 14th, tailed off when blundered 4 out, 8th of 11, dist behind Achille (10-11) at Exeter 3m hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Potters Approach (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Held up, closer at 5th, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before next, at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Commodore (FR) 6-1 (11-1) Made all, clear from 13th, unchallenged after, unextended, very easily, won at Warwick 3m hcp (4) gs in Dec beating Goodnight Charlie (11-0) by 6l, 12 ran.
Salmanazar 20-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced in 5th after 4 out, plugged on in 4th from next, 4th of 12, 11l behind Achille (10-13) at Sandown 3m hcp (3) sft in Feb.
Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Held up in last trio, mistake 6th, good headway chasing leaders approaching 10th, went 2nd before 14th, until 14th, chased leaders, weakened 4 out, went left and unseated rider 2 out, at Warwick 3m 1f hcp (4) gd in Feb.
Kansas City Chief (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair, pushed along before 12th, short-lived effort after 4 out, soon beaten, 5th of 12, 29l behind Achille (10-13) at Sandown 3m hcp (3) sft in Feb.