Flying Pickets has an advantage at the weights, but that's offset by his inconsistency and the fact his recent wins came over 7f on the Fibresand. CLEAN BOWLED has a bit to find with the latter on today's terms but Roger Curtis' charge is preferred anyway as he ran out an easy winner at Wolverhampton when dropped into this grade on his latest start. A below-par Crowning Star was 10 lengths behind the selection last time, though he's better than that and makes more appeal than Meet Joe Black and Angel Cake.
Clean Bowled (IRE) 9-4 (8-13) Made all, clear 2f out, edged left 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo clm stks (6) pol beating Crowning Star (9-0) by 10l, 4 ran.
Flying Pickets (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Very slowly away, in rear and detached, headway on inner over 2f out, never a factor, 4th of 5, 14l behind Laffan (8-11) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Meet Joe Black (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden 5f out and again 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 11l behind Luctor Emergo (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Crowning Star (IRE) 1-2fav (9-0) Tracked winner, ridden over 3f out, no impression and hanging left over 1f out, 2nd of 4, 10l behind Clean Bowled (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Angel Cake (IRE) 25-1 (8-2) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 13l behind Miss Cato (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Castalian Spring (IRE) 25-1 (8-0) Slow into stride in touch in rear, short of room over 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 38l behind Samasana (9-5) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Cat Queen 11-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, effort on outside over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Zain Princess (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo sell stks (6) pol.