LUCK OF THE DRAW returns from a short break after landing his hat-trick at Lingfield early last month. His previous two wins came on this surface, he'll be suited by today's longer trip and Sir Mark Prescott's progressive gelding can continue his winning ways. A rejuvenated Eseej bids for his third win in a row, but has never won off a mark this high and two previous attempts over today's distance resulted in heavy defeats. C&D winner Shifting Gold is not without a chance and Calculating is fancied to make the frame once again.
Eseej (USA) 11-4 (9-6) Made all, ridden and edged right over 1f out, unchallenged, won at Southwell 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Trachonitis (9-7) by 4l, 6 ran.
Indian Pipe Dream (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Set pedestrian pace until 8f out, tracked leader, pushed along 5f out, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 10l behind La Estrella (9-7) at Southwell 1m 6f clm stks (6) fbs.
Dart 4-1 (9-8) Dwelt, led after 1f, ridden and joined over 1f out, driven and headed post, 2nd of 6, ns behind Mr Plod (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Luck Of The Draw (IRE) 4-5fav (9-6) Held up in touch, closed to challenge from 4f out, ridden over 1f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan beating Jenny Potts (9-5) by 3l, 10 ran.
Calculating (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Held up in 4th, ridden over 4f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Mush Mir (9-10) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Shifting Gold (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, led after 1f, headed over 4f out, soon ridden, rallied over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead again towards finish, won at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan beating Stadium Of Light (9-7) by 1/2l, 5 ran.