led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
dwelt in rear when not face kickback, behind when switched wide after 2f, very wide into straight over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, driven to go 2nd just inside final furlong, no impression and lost 2nd towards finish
held up, ridden 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, driven and stayed on to go 2nd towards finish
always in rear, eased over 1f out
tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden out
chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out
held up, ridden over 4f out, weakened 2f out
chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace
Alpha Tauri would have every chance if taking part having finished ahead of Bitaphon and Rio Cobolo here last week but all three were engaged to run on the all-weather yesterday. HELLBENDER went close behind Light Burst over track and trip on his penultimate start and as that form looks superior to Masked Dance's recent victory in a seller at this track, Shaun Harris' charge gets the nod. George Benjamin has been placed at the course and has claims off his current mark but Bassett Road has a bit of improving to do on last month's fifth over course and distance.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 10-1 (9-7) Led, clear 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Caldercruix (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Spark Of Genius 4-1 (9-7) Close up, headway to track leaders 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, switched right and clipped heels 1f out, no extra, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Travelling (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Hellbender (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Raced wide mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Greenhead High (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
George Benjamin 50-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Chookie Royale (9-0) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Nov.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Raced wide close up, ridden to chase leading pair 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Caldercruix (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Bitaphon (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Chased leader until 4f out, soon puched along, weakened 3f out, last of 9, 16l behind Caldercruix (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Sir Geoffrey (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 9l behind M J Woodward (8-10) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Masked Dance (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden to chase leading pair over 2f out, stayed on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Greenhead High (9-12) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Bassett Road (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, driven and lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 7l behind Gabbiano (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.