Flying Applause finally took advantage of his tumble down the weights when scoring over 6f at Wolverhampton last week. He could go close again here but his previous efforts on the Fibresand don't inspire confidence. Stablemate Exceedingly Good returns from a lay-off, while Errigal Lad's losing run stretches back to 2008. C&D winner It's A Mans World looks on too high a mark judged on his recent placed efforts, so a tentative vote goes to BOLD DIVA. She won this race last year and should be spot on now after a couple of recent runs at Kempton.
Flying Applause 11-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead final 75 yards, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Mata Hari Blue (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Errigal Lad 16-1 (9-8) Chased leading pair, ridden over 3f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Cape of Storms (9-13) at Southwell 6f sell stks (6) fbs in Feb.
It's A Mans World 7-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace final 2f, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Almahaza (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.
Bold Diva 7-2fav (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 4th in side final furlong, never dangerous, 4th of 10, 3l behind Fortunate Bid (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Exceedingly Good (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Dwelt, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd post, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-58 (6) fbs in Nov.
Wotatomboy 40-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 12th of 13, 26l behind Zarius (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Meydan Style (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 12, 19l behind Polemica (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Novastasia (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division, driven and outpaced over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 5th of 13, 10l behind Stoneacre Gareth (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Rich Harvest (USA) 50-1 (8-12) Held up, weakened over 3f out, last of 11, well behind Bold Bomber (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Compton Micky 66-1 (8-0) Dwelt and not much room after start, mid-division, weakened well over 2f out, last of 11, 24l behind Conry (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Westport 66-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, lost place halfway, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 12l behind Positivity (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Feb.
Archilini 8-1 (8-7) Keen in rear, wide into straight over 2f out, ridden and kept on, never nearer, 6th of 13, 8l behind Positivity (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Feb.
Fools Gold 20-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, last of 6, 26l behind Madame Boot (8-7) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.