Pipers Piping was winning for the first time in over two years when successful here last month. He doesn't appeal as one likely to follow up off a 7lb higher mark. But Hinton Admiral has been placed over 6f at Lingfield recently and may figure along with another frustrating type, Harvest Mist. The Mongoose and For Shia And Lula look high enough in the weights, so the vote goes to MONTE CASSINO. He's forgiven a poor run at Southwell last time as Bryan Smart's charge had scored over course and distance under today's apprentice in October.
The Mongoose 20-1 (8-2) Led until over 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, 8th of 9, 20l behind Mr David (9-7) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
For Shia And Lula (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) In rear, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Club House (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Monte Cassino (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, outpaced over 3f out, soon lost place, behind final 2f, last of 9, 13l behind Izzy Boy (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Harvest Mist (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Led, pushed along and joined 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 2 places final 100 yards, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Ray Of Joy (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Baltic Prince (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, never nearer, 10th of 13, 17l behind Star Up In The Sky (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Held up, going well 2f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb beating Calling You (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Hinton Admiral 3-1fav (9-5) Dwelt in rear, wide into straight 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, never nearer, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Johnny Splash (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Ferdy (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 13, 8l behind Star Up In The Sky (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Spowarticus 100-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 4f out, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 11, 13l behind Bretherton (8-12) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.