Ridgeway Jazz could be one to take on in the opener and we will do so with DESERT HAWK who is preferred to Barodine and Running Buck. Ridgeway Jazz does arrive here in good ofrm but a combination of a high draw and a 6lbs penalty might be enough to find him out. In contrast, Desert Hawk has a good draw and although he looks to have a bit to find with Ridgeway Jazz on their running here last week, he put in a below-par effort that day and Mathew Lawson can use his strength to steer him back to winning ways. Barodine is another that has been done no favours by the draw and although she ran well last time, she has now gone nearly three years without a win. Running Buck is lightly-raced and he tackels this trip for the first time, so he could be of interest, especially as he will get plenty of help from the saddle. A tricky race for punters but we are happy to forward Desert Hawk as the pick.
Ridgeway Jazz 10-1 (8-7) Steadied start, mid-division, headway 3f out, bumped over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, held on, won at W'hampton 1m 1f app hcp (6) pol in Feb beating Barodine (8-6) by a nk, 12 ran.
John Potts 6-1 (8-9) In touch, close up 2f out, ridden and weakened approaching 1f out, 5th of 12, 5l behind Ridgeway Jazz (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f app hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Hunt The Bottle (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders after 2f, ridden over 2f out, not pace to challenge, stayed on one pace, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Ergo (8-11) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Desert Hawk 8-1 (8-8) Mid-division, lost place 7f out, soon behind, 6th of 12, 9l behind Ridgeway Jazz (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f app hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Barodine 16-1 (8-6) Held up, steady headway 4f out, bumped over 2f out, ridden and ran on, just failed, 2nd of 12, nk behind Ridgeway Jazz (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f app hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Running Buck (USA) 8-1 (8-9) Dwelt, soon in touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Silidan (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Magic Amigo 8-1 (8-10) Pulled hard in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Itsawindup (8-10) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Feb.
Bobering 22-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon edged left, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 4l behind High Five Society (9-0) at W'hampton 1m 1f Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Feb.
Summer Bounty 8-1 (9-0) Dwelt and towards rear, headway over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 8l behind Agilete (9-0) at W'hampton 1m 1f Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Jan.
Bewdley 50-1 (8-6) Always behind, 7th of 8, 26l behind Tender Process (8-7) at Southwell 6f clm (6) fbs in Feb.
Amber Ridge 66-1 (8-5) Always behind, never a factor, 9th of 12, 21l behind Almahaza (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-50 (6) fbs in Feb.
One Upmanship 100-1 (8-11) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 10, 19l behind Forbidden (9-0) at W'hampton 1m 1f sll (6) pol in Feb.
Tapas Lad (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Prominent, went 2nd over 6f out, led over 2f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 8l behind Desert Hawk (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Feb.