Midnight Belle has been raised 7lb since winning at Warwick 12 days ago. That is a bit of a worry on this quicker ground. SAIL AND RETURN is only a pound higher than when scoring at Uttoxeter in November and hinted at a return to form when third in a slightly stronger contest at Newbury last month. With Joseph Akehurst taking off 5lb, he gets the vote though Grand Exit will pick up a race when he gain a little more experience and the better surface should suit American Life. Regal Presence has disappointed this term however.
Sail And Return 9-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 7th, ridden 3 out, no impression, pressed for 2nd after last, no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 15l behind Promised Wings (11-8) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Grand Exit 7-4 (10-10) Set modest gallop, jumped right at times, mistake and headed 2 out, stayed on flat, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Oscar Amy (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
American Life (FR) 11-2 (10-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 17l behind The Fox's Decree (10-11) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.
Regal Presence (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, headway after 7th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 15, 46l behind Moorlands Mist (11-0) at Chepstow 3m NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Midnight Belle 6-4fav (10-1) Tracked leaders, led 8th, pecked sligtly 3 out, clear next, mistake last, pushed out, won at Warwick 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar beating Upbeat Cobbler (10-4) by 5l, 4 ran.
Orangeaday 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, steady headway 7th, chased leaders next, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 14, 37l behind Sainglend (11-1) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr '12.
Thornton Alice 50-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway after 7th, no impression on leaders 2 out, 6th of 16, 16l behind Lord Grantham (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Ben Cee Pee M (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, well beaten before 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Xaarcet (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb, 15 ran.