Leviathan has dispelled any stamina doubts in his last two runs, holding off Little Dutch Girl to get off the mark at Plumpton last month. He's one for the short-list here and Seventh Sky will be hoping to build on a recent Taunton victory under promising claimer Gavin Sheehan. Makari is capable of running well fresh while Alwaystheoptimist was only beaten a neck in a driving finish at Southwell last month but PEARLS LEGEND may be worth sticking with. He was raised 6lb for beating Teshali less than a length over course and distance last month but John Spearing has responded by putting up 7lb claimer Nico De Boinville and the top weight has plenty in his favour again.
Pearls Legend 12-1 (11-6) Mid-division, took keen hold, hit 1st, not fluent 5th, headway before 3 out, led approaching next, edged left and driven flat, stayed on, won at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb beating Teshali (10-11) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Seventh Sky (GER) 11-4 (11-8) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 4 out, led going strongly 2 out, clear last, ridden right out, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft beating Sun Quest (10-1) by 9l, 8 ran.
Leviathan 9-4fav (11-2) Raced freely, led 2nd, hard driven 2 out, hit last, kept on well, won at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb beating Little Dutch Girl (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Canadian Diamond (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Mid-divison until lost place 5th, headway and stayed on to 3rd before 3 out, stayed on same pace under pressure next, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Brick Red (11-5) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Thegaygardener 10-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway approaching 3 out, never on terms, no impression 2 out, not fluent last, weakened flat, 6th of 10, 11l behind Pearls Legend (11-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Makari 5-4fav (11-5) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, headway 4th, chased leaders after 3 out, led on outside 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no extra last, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Robbie (11-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Aviso (GER) 28-1 (11-1) In rear, blundered 6th, towards rear when fell 11th, in a race won by Noble Legend (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd, 8 ran.
Pret A Thou (FR) 20-1 (10-13) With leader, not fluent 2nd, led after 3 out, headed before next, one pace and soon beaten, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Extremely So (10-4) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
No To Trident 4-1 (10-10) Chased leaders on inside, went 3rd before 2 out, stayed on to 2nd last, no impression when dropped to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Bellflower Boy (11-1) at Taunton 2m 3f sell hdl (5) sft in Feb.
Alwaystheoptimist 6-1 (11-6) In rear, headway before 3 out, chased leaders before 2 out, ridden before last, every chance run-in, kept on and just held towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Marino Prince (11-0) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy.