Face The Problem ran up a hat-trick in maiden and handicap company last summer before being outclassed at York and Doncaster. As a three-year-old, he gets a handy weight allowance but his yard is still to emerge from its winter hibernation. Secret Asset hasn't won on turf since his two-year-old days but isn't badly treated on his all-weather form though, along with Star Rover, finished behind Five Star Junior at Lingfield last month. Iver Bridge Lad would go close if reproducing his recent form, though finds this trip plenty sharp enough nowadays, so a chance is taken on CAPTAIN DUNNE. Tim Easterby's six-year-old is a useful sprinter on his day and can also run well fresh. The fast ground is another thing in his favour and a bold bid is anticipated, despite conceding weight all round.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 11-8fav (9-0) Raced keenly, chased leader, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong and ran on well, won at Southwell 5f stks (3yo+) (2) fbs in Oct beating Noble Storm (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Iver Bridge Lad 13-2 (9-2) Mid-division, headway and every chance over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to press winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Jimmy Styles (9-2) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Star Rover (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 8th of 10, 5l behind Anne Of Kiev (8-9) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Corporal Maddox 5-1fav (9-3) Held up, some headway from over 1f out, never in contention, 5th of 8, 7l behind Bewitched (8-9) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gs in May.
Five Star Junior (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on strongly, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Anne Of Kiev (8-9) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Judd Street 33-1 (9-12) Hampered and squeezed out start, switched right headway on outer to mid-division after 2f, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 10l behind Rowe Park (9-8) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Secret Asset (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Pushed along in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 9th of 10, 7l behind Anne Of Kiev (8-9) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Liberty Lady (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Baby Strange (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Face The Problem (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders far side, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 4l behind Zebedee (9-0) at Doncaster 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.