Chester winner GIFT IN TIME has been gelded since his latest run and though he didn't run well on his only all-weather start at Chelmsford he should have enough quality to see off these rivals. Axe Cap showed progressive form when beaten just a length at Wolverhampton and started favourite there next time but pulled much too hard and found no extra. She looks the main threat as Watching Spirits looked as though he needed further when staying on over 6f at Chelmsford. The remaining trio have little to recommend them.
Gift In Time (IRE) 11-4fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 3 3/4l behind Fool For You (8-11) at Catterick 5f stks (5) gs in Oct.
Sir Hector (IRE) 100-1 (9-2) Half reared start, tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Monadee (9-2) at Kempton 6f stks (5) pol in Dec.
Watching Spirits 5-1 (9-7) Dwelt and bumped start, held up, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4 3/4l behind Mossketeer (9-5) at Chelmsford City 6f (6) pol in Nov.
Axe Cap (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Took keen hold, chased winner until edged right well over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 5l behind Joegogo (9-13) at Wolverhampton 6f (5) pol in Nov.
Born For Prosecco (IRE) 200-1 (8-11) Mid-division, pushed along and weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 18l behind Al Asef (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f stks (5) pol in Dec.
Elegant Joan 66-1 (8-11) Slight lead on near side rail, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened quickly, 8th of 9, 20 1/2l behind Barraquero (9-2) at Chepstow 6f stks (4) gd in Jul.