A prolific winner for Archie Watson since landing this race last year, CAPTAIN LARS looks to have every chance again on these terms. He won a seller at Newcastle on his penultimate start and winning partner Tom Greatrex is back on board. It Must Be Faith has a weight advantage with Drakefell though hasn’t won over the minimum trip for some time now and the latter may come out best of that pair while Excel Mate looks to have an impossible task but is guaranteed prize money.
Captain Lars (SAF) 25-1 (8-2) Keen raced wide tracked leader, pushed along 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2l behind Royal Birth (9-2) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol in Mar.
Drakefell (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Tathmeen (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (5) pol in Feb.
It Must Be Faith 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, driven and no impression when field came into view inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 3l behind Miracle Works (9-1) at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Excel Mate 16-1 (9-5) Led, headed over 2f out, no extra and edged left final 100 yards, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Furni Factors (9-10) at Newcastle 5f hcp (7) pol in Mar.