It should pay to stick with SOFIAS NUMBER ONE in this. He managed to complete a hat-trick last time despite being dropped back to 7f here under a penalty - the previous course and distance winner can go in again. Bold Marc looks a threat off his current rating and Mataajir can figure back on the Fibresand after a dire effort at Nottingham last week. Mcconnell continues to find at least one too good despite slipping down the weights but On The Cusp showed a bit more last time and the multiple course and distance winner looks on the way back to form.
Sofias Number One (USA) 11-4 (9-7) Prominent, every chance from 3f out, ridden 2f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Apr beating Silly Billy (9-0) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Pat's Legacy (USA) 9-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 2f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Jonnie Skull (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Peter's Friend 5-1 (9-12) Led, joined over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Awake My Soul (9-5) at Beverley 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Bold Marc (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 3rd over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon every chance, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Jordaura (8-12) at Hamilton 1m 3f clm stks (6) gs.
Mataajir (USA) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place 3f out, soon behind, last of 13, 17l behind Handheld (9-3) at Nottingham 1m app hcp (6) gs.
Catchanova (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Keen always towards rear, 11th of 13, 8l behind Mister Green (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Imaginary World (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Took keen hold tracking leading trio, stayed on to modest 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Yojojo (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Feeling Good 20-1 (9-7) Slowly away, in rear, headway 2f out, kept on and no impression, 6th of 11, 7l behind Shearian (8-11) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in Apr.
Tatting 12-1 (8-9) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind Ace Master (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
McConnell (USA) 7-2fav (9-0) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Kingscombe (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Men Don't Cry (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 13, 5l behind Shahrazad (9-8) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr.
Rapid Water 9-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd going well over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd and held final 110 yards, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Edgware Road (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
On The Cusp (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Hampered start, headway to track leader over 5f out, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Just Five (8-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Rockgoat (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Kingscombe (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.