PURCELL'S BRIDGE and Shaun Dobbin proved a winning combination when scoring rather snugly at Carlisle over 3m1f last time and appeals as the sort to grow in confidence having got his head in front. He should not be inconvenienced by the modest drop in trip and can defy an 8lb rise in the weights to record back-to-back victories on ground the six-year-old is clearly at home on. Picks Milan represents Philip Kirby, who enjoyed a major handicap success at Sandown on Saturday, and the seven-year-old definitely provokes interest off a tempting mark after just a couple of runs, latterly when scoring at Carlisle in February. Not seen since, he would be dangerous to dismiss. Merrydown has ability but tends to find one too good, although he should be in the shake-up along with Irish raider Latin Connection and the consistent but exposed What A Steel.
Corkage (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Behind, outpaced 3rd, tailed off 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Rumble Of Thunder (10-8) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.
Tornado Bob (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, mistakes 7th and 3 out, soon struggling, 14th of 17, 23l behind Big Easy (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft.
Scotswell 9-1 (11-3) Led to before 7th, soon behind, lost touch and pulled up after next, in a race won by South Leinster (10-8) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Merrydown (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) In rear and in touch, weakened after 3 out, 4th of 6, 4l behind Seven Is Lucky (11-0) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
What A Steel (IRE) 22-1 (10-8) Held up in touch on outside, headway after 3 out, went 2nd between last 2, ridden to challenge last, held final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1l behind South Leinster (10-8) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Kent Street (IRE) 28-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, blundered 5th, weakened from 5 out, 8th of 11, 37l behind Oil Burner (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Arctic Court (IRE) 7-2fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, with winner after 6th, ridden 2 out, one pace from last, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Orsippus (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gd.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 11-2 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out on outer, led 2 out, clear before last, kept on, won at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar beating Hurraboru (11-7) by 1l, 13 ran.
Jukebox Melody (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up mid-division, mistake 5th, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, 9th of 11, 20l behind Mubrook (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Latin Connection (IRE) 9-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, every chance approaching 3 out, soon weakened, modest 4th, 4th of 8, 29l behind Rock Relief (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
Stormin Exit (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent and lost place 7th, outpaced 10th, not fluent 11th, well behind from 5 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Bocciani (10-0) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs.
Picks Milan (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Made all, hit 6th, ridden and joined last, ran on strongly and asserted near finish, won at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Moscow Presents (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Quel Elite (FR) 5-1fav (11-10) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 14, 14l behind Runswick Relax (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr '12.
Gymdoli 11-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Chavoy (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Any Given Moment (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Towards rear, headway 9th, went 2nd after 4 out, led run-in, kept on, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan beating Goldtrek (9-13) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.