JORDAURA won with a bit in hand at Kempton a fortnight ago and can be fancied to follow up here; Harry Patch, who bids to maintain his unbeaten status, merits plenty of respect, while Swiss Diva and Major Phil are others that add spice to this tricky handicap. Major Phil won at Great Leighs just before Christmas and has scope to improve from his current mark. Group-race winners aside, Luca Cumani has been relatively quiet so far and, as this fellow has a long way to go to establish himself as true a stable star, he may just need a bit more time. Swiss Diva is consistent and showed up well on her handicap debut at Doncaster last month. Her style of running created a few traffic problems at Town Moor, but she is an honest type and should again be hard to keep out of the frame. Harry Patch won convincingly on his introduction to this tier of racing but is now 8lb higher as a result. However, there may be plenty more to come from the Michael Jarvis-trained colt and he is very much one to keep in mind. However, Jordaura also showed boundless promise last time out and, with his ability to handle an artificial surface proven, he gets the nod today.
Crystal Moments 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division on stand's side, effort when hampered 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 19th of 28, 17l behind Penny's Gift (8-6) at Ascot 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Sep.
Son of The Cat (USA) 22-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 9l behind Sayif (8-10) at Leicester 6f 3yo stk (3) gf in Apr.
Joe Caster 16-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 12, 11l behind Daddy's Gift (8-8) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Harry Patch 4-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, quickened to lead over 1f, ridden out final furlong, won at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov beating Kingswinford (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Swiss Diva 4-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, effort when not much room and switched left over 2f out, ran on final furlong, nearest at finish, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Proclaim (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Apr.
Never Lose 25-1 (9-4) Not much room soon after start, soon chased leaders on outside, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 20l behind Laudatory (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Red Kyte 12-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort halfway, soon beaten, 10th of 12, 14l behind Proclaim (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Apr.
Major Phil (IRE) Evensfav (9-3) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, won at Great Leighs 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Dec beating Today's The Day (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Jordaura 9-4fav (9-4) Made virtually all, led, pressed after 2f, hung left from 2f out, driven and edged right 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr beating Song Of Praise (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.