SIR BRUNO was beaten less than a length by a couple of much higher rated rivals in a conditions race over C&D recently. That form suggests he's improved since last year and Bryn Palling's charge looks potentially well treated back in a handicap. Mandhooma scored at Brighton last week and should confirm superiority with fourth Kingswinford, while April Fool, Copperwood, Valmina and Gemma's Delight all finished runner-up on their latest starts and are others to consider in a competitive closer.
Sir Bruno (FR) 33-1 (8-8) Chased leading pair, went 2nd inside final 3f, ridden to challenge and led briefly entering final 2f, stayed on and every chance until not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Fathsta (8-8) at Warwick 7f stks (3) gf in Apr.
Kingswinford (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, every chance over 1f out, edged left and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Mandhooma (8-7) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Silver Wind 5-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden and chance 2f out, soon edged left, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Norville (9-5) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Lord of The Dance (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Final Drive (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
April Fool 5-6fav (8-9) Led, ridden and joined from over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on, one pace, 2nd of 3, 2 1/4l behind Buxton (8-7) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Copperwood 5-1 (9-5) Held up, headway entering final 2f, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Khandaq (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Needwood Ridge 4-1 (8-13) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, no impression when lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mountain Cat (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Mandhooma 85-40fav (8-7) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, held on gamely under pressure, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr beating Buxton (9-6) by hd, 6 ran.
Valmina 9-1 (8-12) Behind centre, headway over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Bidable (9-3) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Gemma's Delight (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Held up, headway over 5f out, switched right 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, every chance when edged left inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Treasure Way (9-12) at Warwick 7f fll hcp (5) gf.