Plenty of course and distance winners on show but THORPE BAY looks to have the best recent form. The topweight suffered a couple of narrow-margin defeats here in March and should come out best if producing a similar effort in this. It's only a matter of time until Punching takes advantage of his slide down the handicap and Mucky Molly scored over 7f here earlier this year but remains 3lb higher today. Ridgeway Hawk and Very First Blade could make the frame if producing one of their better efforts.
Thorpe Bay 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, ran on near finish, 4th of 17, 1 1/4l behind Gowanharry (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Punching 6-1 (9-1) Very slowly away, behind, kept on from over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 14l behind Pull The Pin (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr.
Coastal Passage 20-1 (8-7) Dwelt towards rear, never on terms, 13th of 16, 33l behind Luggers Hall (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Mar.
Mucky Molly 10-1 (8-13) Broke well, led early, tracked leader until ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Romanticize (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Amenable (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 12l behind Mambo Spirit (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Sherjawy (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 1l behind Commandingpresence (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ridgeway Hawk 10-1 (9-5) Hampered start, held up towards rear, driven over 3f out, well beaten and wide enetring straight, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Needwood Ridge (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Very First Blade 12-1 (8-12) Led, headed 3f out, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Almaty Express (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Toothache 16-1 (9-4) Always in rear, last of 12, 30l behind Maltease Ah (9-1) at Southwell 6f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs in Oct.
Emily Hall 9-1 (8-11) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, one pace, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Pavers Star (8-3) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Doctor Hilary 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 12, nk behind Rise To Glory (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Mar.
Gracie's Games 16-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 17, 9l behind Half A Crown (9-0) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Ishetoo 20-1 (8-13) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 9l behind Mataajir (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Mar.
Munaawib 100-1 (9-7) Held up, weakened halfway, tailed off, last of 11, 35l behind Robot Boy (9-1) at Doncaster 5f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.