Prince Pippin has come good lately, landing a seller at Wetherby before beating today's rival Bob Lewis by four lengths over track and trip eight days ago. But he may struggle to complete the hat-trick under a penalty, despite AP McCoy taking over the reins. This may be on the sharp side for Southwell second Around A Pound while Thoresby may be high enough in the weights now but Wincanton third Midnight Lira has each-way claims again, as does Aegean Destiny. Connection of DASHING DOC will be hoping for some rain between now and off time as his best form is with some give in the ground but he was only beaten two lengths off this mark at Ffos Las last month and appears to have a better chance than most in an open-looking handicap.
Diamond's Return (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, headway on outside soon after, lost place, eased and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jumps Road (11-0) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb, 11 ran.
Crystal Swing 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led on outer 3rd, headed when raced wide after 5th, blundered and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Mubrook (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Guards Chapel 4-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway after 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 37l behind Double Handful (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Pret A Thou (FR) 12-1 (10-5) Led, clear until 1st, mistake 3 out, soon ridden, headed after 2 out, stayed on flat, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Shalone (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Thoresby (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, ridden next, stayed on to take moderate 3rd before last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 11, 21l behind Chiquilline (11-12) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Apr.
Around A Pound (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chased clear leader before 2nd, left in lead 5th, mistake 9th, headed after 2 out, 3rd and beaten when hampered just after last, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Thornton Alice (11-4) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Dashing Doc (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, left 3rd from 5th, chased winner before 3 out, every chance before last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Dark And Dangerous (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Moyne Nineoseven (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th 4 out, pushed along in 5th approaching next where left 3rd, soon ridden in 4th, no extra before 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 15l behind Pyrus Gold Wind (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl gd in Apr.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 17-2 (11-4) With leader, led 3 out, stayed on well, won at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd beating Bob Lewis (10-5) by 4l, 18 ran.
Rigolo Ville (FR) 16-1 (11-5) In touch, pushed along 7th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Mystic Appeal (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr, 10 ran.
Aegean Destiny 7-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, hit 3rd, weakened 7th, 5th of 8, 6l behind Bow To No One (11-7) at Stratford 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Award Winner 50-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and lost place 7th, tailed off before 2 out, 7th of 11, well behind Call Me Sir (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Henry Hurst (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 2 out, 10th of 11, well behind Tzora (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf.
Midnight Lira 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led 3rd, headed 6th, ridden to challenge 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Hatters River (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Bob Lewis 7-1 (10-5) Mid-division, mistake 5th, headway on outside 3 out, went close 2nd 2 out, jumped right and mistake last, no impression flat, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Prince Pippin (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd.