This sort of trip on fast ground is ideal for Bathwick Street, who is now on his highest ever mark after beating Silver Samba at Bath. He's still likely to want some beating though the concession of a stone to THUNDERING HOME may prove beyond him. He's been in winning form over hurdles during the winter and has to be of interest here off a very lowly mark. Dark Spirit has also been racing over timber and Paul Hanagan is an eye-catching booking but the main threat is likely to come from Shalambar, a winner over 1m4f at Kempton in February who followed up over hurdles here a fortnight later.
Bathwick Street 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven and in command final 75 yards, won at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr beating Silver Samba (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Easydoesit (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) In touch, headway to chase winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Almost Gemini (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Shalambar (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb beating Activate (9-6) by 4l, 10 ran.
Keep Kicking (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up last, quick move on outside 5f out, chased leaders 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 12l behind Singzak (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Dark Spirit (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) In touch, lost place 9f out, ridden 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind First Rock (8-13) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov '11.
Thundering Home 13-2 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Rapid Heat Lad (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Rodrigo De Freitas (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Dwelt, held up in rear, ridden and some headway into mid-division 3f out, no impression on leaders, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Highly Likely (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.