Not a race to get heavily involved with in what is a compressed handicap full of inconsistent performers and it may be worth a speculative wager on ACROSSTHEUNIVERSE, while Bertbrand, Sonhador and Royal Acclamation are all likely to be involved, and also shorter in the market. The selection represents a stable that has been known to plot one up, and this filly's recent form would not, if taken at face value, have you racing to place a bet. However, she has acted well enough here previously, she has a good pilot booked for the job, and she sports first-time headgear. All of that plus a 4lb drop in the weights makes her of some appeal tonight and we will take a chance on her in a weak contest. All three of Bertbrand's career wins have come here, and he looks well handicapped on his efforts of less than 12 months ago. However, he has been on the slide for a little while now and he is not seen as any more competitive than a number of others for the purposes of this race. Sonhador fits a very similar profile and has a strike rate of just one win from 26 attempts, while Royal Acclamation is one from 27, but has at least been producing some consistency and looks a more solid option. Imperial Djay showed a bit more spark last time and would be interesting if supported, while Jessica Wigmo appears better at either Kempton or Lingfield than on this surface. We'll chance Acrosstheuniverse in a weak affair.
Ride A White Swan 7-1 (8-12) Steadied start, keen, always in rear, 11th of 12, 6l behind Sign of The Cross (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Tune Up The Band 6-1 (9-0) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 5l behind Straboe (8-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.
Acrosstheuniverse (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, hard driven before halfway, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 19l behind White Shift (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Bertbrand 5-1 (9-2) Led until narrowly headed 2f out, rallied to lead briefly just over 1f out, chased winner after, no impression and lost 2nd post, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Mr Funshine (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Sonhador 8-1 (9-2) Went right start, behind, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside furlong, went 2nd post, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mr Funshine (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Jessica Wigmo 11-2 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Short Cut (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Royal Acclamation (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 2f out, switched right well over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Saddlers Bend (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (0-50) (7) pol in Feb.
Commander Wish 6-1 (10-7) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 12, 14l behind Miss Firefly (10-6) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Feb.
Imperial Djay (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 5th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mountain Pass (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Mister Beano (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Towards rear, never dangerous, last of 11, 12l behind Mountain Pass (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Metropolitan Chief 9-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders and keen, outpaced over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 5th of 9, 7l behind Replicator (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Megalo Maniac 7-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden on outer 1f out, kept on, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 4l behind Pipers Piping (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.
Roodee King 14-1 (8-2) Unruly behind stalls, chased leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, weakened quickly inside final 2f, 12th of 13, 11l behind Hereford Boy (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.