It is interesting that David Barker sends out DARCY'S PRIDE under a penalty and given that last time she won she managed to follow up we will take her to repeat the does from what is still an attractive mark. Despite that 5f Redcar win last time she remains 1lb below the mark she won off at Carlisle last summer, and with the yard in form and this trip not beyond her we will stick with the mare. Angaric has not won for three years but some good efforts in defeat means that the handicapper has been in control. We fear the same fate awaits here today with the stable taking time to get going. Brighton scorer Conjecture reappears after a five month break and has trip and ground to suit, so he can make his presence felt from this mark. Mandalay King needs a drop in the weights and we prefer the claims of Darcy's Pride.
Angaric (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, last of 9, 10l behind Punching (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcap (6) fbs in Jan.
Mandalay King (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 14, 6l behind Kipchak (9-1) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fm.
Brut 40-1 (7-11) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 8l behind Jaconet (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Conjecture 7-1 (11-1) Close up, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 8l behind Tenancy (9-12) at Musselburgh 5f am hcp (6) sft in Nov.
Darcy's Pride (IRE) 18-1 (8-6) Made most, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Redcar 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) fm beating Comptonspirit (9-2) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Royal Acclamation (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 1f out, not much room entering final furlong, eased, 8th of 12, 7l behind Sarah's Art (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcap (6) pol in Jan.
Fast Freddie 9-1 (8-5) With the leader, ridden half way, weakened well over 1f out, last of 6, 8l behind Chjimes (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
City For Conquest (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) In rear, ridden and weakened halfway, last of 6, 12l behind Efisio Princess (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp (5) fbs in Jan.
Obe One 16-1 (8-6) Chased leaders early, mid-division, ridden over 1f out, not clear 1f out, no danger, 9th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Many Welcomes (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Feb.
Karate Queen 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, no extra when headed well inside final furlong and soon lost 2nd, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Tuxedo (9-0) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Dec.