This is no better than the previous contest as regards the lack of recent winners, but a good run from Welsh Inlet would boost confidence in HINTON ADMIRAL's chances. Pat Eddery's charge finished ahead of the former when runner-up here last week and has a length to spare on that running with Metropolitan Chief. Christopher Chua keeps on threatening to get his head in front but has yet to do so in 26 attempts and Diamond Vine makes more appeal after a better effort at Kempton on his latest start.
Ghostwing 50-1 (8-7) Led until well over 1f out, weakened rapidly, last of 12, 12l behind Fab Lolly (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Pearl Noir 8-1 (8-4) Led, clear halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Maakirr (9-8) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Hinton Admiral 12-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 10, nk behind Volito (9-8) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Metropolitan Chief 25-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Volito (9-8) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Johnny Splash (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden on outside 2f out, weakened soon after, last of 9, 7l behind Random Success (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Waterloo Dock 25-1 (9-0) Pushed along to soon press winner until ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Seamster (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Diamond Vine (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) In touch in mid-division, headway under pressure 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Torres Del Paine (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Christopher Chua (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, headway 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden edged left and kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Bubbly Bailey (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Absolute Bearing (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, one pace over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 10l behind Pipers Piping (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Senora Lobo (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway on inside to get in behind leaders 2f out, weakening when not much room inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Mill I Am (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.