Several progressive types are engaged in a tight-looking handicap. Harwoods Volante has now won three of his eight starts, all over 6f, so he has to prove himself over this trip. Joohaina landed a Wolverhampton maiden before beaten on her handicap debut in a lesser grade event than this on the same track. Pool House has been making steady progress and made all over this trip at Kempton last time so a 3lb rise doesn't look harsh. Bretherton was up against two in-form rivals at Kempton after his Southwell victory but didn't quite have enough pace. This trip is in his favour as it is for Can't Change It, who found 1m2f much too far last time after scoring over a mile here. OUTBACKER has been hanging badly in her races but it didn't prevent her scoring over 6f here in January. She's making her handicap debut with a light weight and can make it count.
Steventon Star 5-1 (9-2) In touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on, never a factor, 4th of 6, 3l behind Ben Hall (9-2) at Lingfield 6f cond stks (3) pol in Feb.
Harwoods Volante (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Went left start tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, all out, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp (3) pol in Feb beating Drive On (8-8) by shd, 9 ran.
Joohaina (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Alumina (8-2) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Pool House 6-4fav (9-13) Made all, shaken up over 1f out, found extra when pressed inside final furlong, edged left near finish, won at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Feb beating Amahoro (9-3) by nk, 4 ran.
Bretherton 5-4fav (9-10) Dwelt, soon tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Dont Have It Then (8-11) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Can't Change It (IRE) 7-4 (9-7) Led, driven and headed over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, eased, 5th of 6, 18l behind Swivel (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Outbacker (IRE) 9-4 (9-0) Always prominent, led over 1f out, hung badly left entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Three D Alexander (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.