Jeremy Noseda boasts an excellent strike rate for the relatively few runners he has at this track so any strong support for recent Kempton runner-up Big Creek could prove significant. Admirable Duke has proven form here as he beat The Lock Master a head over C&D last month with Mazij a close-up third and Union Island well beaten. With the exception of the latter, they could all make their presence felt once again, but in an open affair a chance is taken on TRICKSOFTHETRADE. He found only the well-backed and, as it turned out well-handicapped, Stand Guard too good here last time but had done the job nicely over C&D before that and Alan Swinbank's unexposed six-year-old looks capable of better still.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In rear, plenty to do 3f out, switched to outer 2f out, headway soon after, ridden and ran on to lead post, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Jan beating The Lock Master (9-5) by hd, 11 ran.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Behind, some late headway, never on terms, 5th of 8, 7l behind Dubaianswer (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Big Creek (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 6f out, led over 2f out, edged right and driven over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Art Scholar (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
The Lock Master (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Held up, soon pushed along, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, not trouble winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Call To Reason (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Union Island (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 8l behind Admirable Duque (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Jan.
Pertemps Networks 12-1 (9-4) Led, headed 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 31l behind Brunston (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Tricksofthetrade (IRE) 11-8fav (9-7) Raced wide close up, joined leaders 5f out, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Stand Guard (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Son Vida (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Raced wide close up, hung left and outpaced over 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Call To Reason (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Mazij 9-2 (8-13) Keen tracked leader until halfway, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased clear winner 1f out, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Queen Of Denmark (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Beau Fighter 16-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 25l behind Crunched (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Jawaab (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) Steadied in rear, headway under pressure over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Overrule (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.