Ace Master gained plenty of fans this winter with his forcing tactics and he gets the chance to show his rivals a clean pair of hooves off a significantly lower turf mark. The drop back to six furlongs might just be against him so we'll look elsewhere and THORPE BAY seems to represent better value. Admittedly his record of 0-8 on the turf is offputting, but he ran his best race to date over five furlongs at Nottingham last month, and connections have gone to the trouble of booking leading apprentice, Charles Bishop. Former Dermot Weld inmate, Floralys, has shown little for current connections and it is hoped that a hood can work the oracle. Divertimenti and Dancing Maite are admirable old campaigners that are still more than capable of winning in their turn, while Prigsnov Dancer cannot be totally dismissed if he runs up to the level of his most recent form at Wolverhampton.
Floralys (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Held up in touch in rear, took keen hold, effort when not much room and switched left over 2f out, stayed on same pace and no threat from over 1f out, 4th of 6, 8l behind Maggie Pink (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Ace Master 11-4fav (9-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr beating Imaginary World (8-10) by nk, 11 ran.
Novalist 6-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, lost place 4f out, ridden 3f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 8l behind Mr Mo Jo (9-0) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Divertimenti (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Bumped soon after start, held up, ridden on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 5l behind Nafa (8-10) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Village Green 20-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 11, 14l behind Maggie Pink (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Hinton Admiral 11-1 (9-6) Reminder soon after start, mid-division, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, last of 10, 7l behind Ivestar (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Thorpe Bay 9-2fav (9-7) Prominent, ridden to lead 2f out, driven out, won at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs beating Mucky Molly (9-4) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Gracie's Games 25-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 9l behind Thorpe Bay (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Dancing Maite 50-1 (9-1) Towards rear on outside, outpaced and wide entering straight, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Khawatim (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
My Time 22-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, ran on, 4th of 17, 1 1/4l behind Gowanharry (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Errigal Lad 18-1 (8-8) In rear, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 17, 2 1/2l behind Gowanharry (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Spartic 16-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Gowanharry (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Greyemkay 16-1 (8-4) Towards rear, no chance when hung left over 1f out, 13th of 16, 11l behind Chosen One (9-2) at Bath 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Apr.
Sextons House (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden over 2f out, headway 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Whisky Bravo (9-4) at Yarmouth 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Prigsnov Dancer (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Almaty Express (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Minty Jones 100-1 (9-12) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 6, 27l behind Marshland (9-0) at Southwell 6f mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Apr.
Yalding Dancer 20-1 (9-6) Steadied start, keen early, always in rear, last of 11, 18l behind Poetry Writer (9-6) at Lingfield 1m stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr.