KEY REGARD had plenty in hand last time and can follow up on his handicap debut, while Supernoverre looks a danger. The Jamie Osborne-trained selection improved for both his debut run and the step up to this trip when winning his maiden at Lingfield in spite of showing plenty of signs of greenness. Chris Catlin again partners the Key Of Luck colt, who should now be ready to do battle with these handicappers and can come out on top. Supernoverre is likely to provide worthwhile opposition, although he has yet to prove his stamina over this far. Twice a winner over 10f, he handles this track well and if ridden with restraint there are definite possibilities. Dollar Express is worth a try over this trip but he hung last time out at Wolverhampton and looks one to watch for the moment, while Royal Society is bred to be more effective over shorter. Key Regard gets our vote.
Key Regard (IRE) 5-6fav (8-4) Raced keenly, held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, drew clear inside final furlong and edged right towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stk (5) pol in Feb beating Filun (9-11) by 3l, 7.
Lilly Blue (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Always mid-division, 6th of 12, 5l behind Act Green (9-0) at Great Leighs 1m 2yo mdn fll (4) pol in Oct.
Supernoverre (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Held up, headway over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, not trouble leading pair, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Common Diva (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f 3yo clm (5) pol.
Merton Lad 11-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd well over 1f out, every chance approaching final furlong, unable to quicken and lost 2nd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Dubai Storming (9-4) at W'hampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp (5) pol.
Dollar Express (USA) 6-1 (8-8) Started slowly, in rear, ran in snatches, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, soon beaten, plugged on for modest 4th, 4th of 7, 9l behind Badge of Honour (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f mdn aut stk (5) pol in Feb.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 7-1 (9-6) Reared start, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 6l behind Kochanski (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Royal Society 3-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, under pressure when edging right approaching final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Gaily Noble (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f mdn stk (5) pol in Feb.