NOBLE SILK separated a couple of higher rated horses when runner-up in a conditions race over track and trip last week. This is less competitive and Lucy Wadham's charge gets the vote. Mr Burbidge has been in winning form in lesser company over the winter and the less exposed White Nile could prove a bigger threat having ended last term with a victory over 1m7f at Doncaster. Argent Knight is now 9lb higher than when scoring at Newmarket but Poitin can effectively race off the same mark as when winning over track and trip in February with an apprentice's claim taken into account.
Noble Silk 14-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, edged left and ran towards finish, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 10, hd behind Castilo Del Diablo (9-2) at Kempton 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Mar.
Mr Burbidge Evens0fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led 4f out, pushed clear over 2f out, eased final furlong, comfortable, won at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Mar beating Teajaybe (8-13) by 9l, 5 ran.
Argent Knight 10-1 (9-1) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, headway over 1f out, switched left and stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Ballinderry Boy (8-3) at Ascot 2m hcp (3) sft in Oct.
White Nile 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, kept on gamely, just held on, won at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (3) sft in Oct beating Zipp (8-4) by shd, 13 ran.
Masquerading 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 2f out, not pace of winner 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Cat O'Mountain (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Ascendant 28-1 (8-8) Held up in mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 13, 16l behind Sun Central (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Spice Fair 6-1 (11-11) Dwelt keen in rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, kept on to go 3rd, to much to do, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Harry Hunt (11-12) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Poitin 7-1 (8-11) Held up in last pair, good headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb beating Java Rose (9-7) by nk, 8 ran.