This is a competitive handicap and we will side with SEA ROVER to get the better of Tangerine Trees and Misplaced Fortune. Mel Brittain's 5-year-old makes plenty of appeal here as he went close last time at Thirsk and he has the pick of the draw this afternoon. He also has trip and ground to suit and he looks primed to take his chance. Tangerine Trees is another that has the benefit of a good draw but Brian Smart is having a quiet spell and this 4-year-old is yet to get his head in front on the turf. Misplaced Fortune is a filly in form as she won well at Nottingham last time when she beat Bateleur. The visor had a positive effect that day and if it works the oracle again this afternoon then she would have to enter calculations. Mey Blossom should be suited by this drop in trip and Amy Ryan is good value for her claim. Dorn Dancer would have claims on the pick of her form but she may need some help from the handicapper before she is able to resume winning ways; her last win came back in June last year. This is an open event and the vote goes to Sea Rover.
Mey Blossom 8-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Turn Me On (9-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Mandalay King (IRE) 7-2fav (8-10) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 7l behind Angaric (9-4) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Apollo Shark (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, soon ridden, no impression, 8th of 16, 6l behind Celtic Lynn (9-1) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Dorn Dancer (IRE) 18-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden along halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 7th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Methaaly (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Sea Rover (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) In touch, led halfway, driven when headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Elijah Pepper (8-1) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Secret Dubai (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 7l behind Elijah Pepper (8-1) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Embra (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Always rear division, 13th of 15, 10l behind Kyzer Chief (8-4) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Bid For Gold 40-1 (8-12) Always behind, never trouble leaders, 10th of 14, 15l behind Miss Glitters (9-4) at Southwell 7f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Chosen Forever 9-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 10l behind Spiritina (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (5) pol in Dec.
Tangerine Trees 7-1 (8-7) Held up behind leaders, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Pacific Pride (8-6) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Medici Time 6-1 (8-7) Hampered at start, soon prominent, effort when not much room approaching final furlong, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Elijah Pepper (8-1) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Johnston's Glory (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Always in rear, 11th of 14, 9l behind Dancing Maite (9-1) at Newmarket 6f app hcp (5) gf.
Misplaced Fortune 28-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Nottingham 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) fm beating Bateleur (8-8) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Strathmore (IRE) 15-2 (8-5) Behind, stayed on from over 1f out, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Andrasta (7-11) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Redwater River 9-1 (8-5) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 11l behind Golden Penny (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Coleorton Dancer 7-1 (9-2) Prominent, raced keenly, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 13l behind Milne Bay (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Maison Dieu 15-2 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway from 3f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on gamely, just held, 3rd of 11, shd behind Angaric (9-4) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.