CARTER has been reassessed after landing his hat-trick here last month and the handicapper has upped him a whopping 13lb. That would normally be enough to anchor a North Sea Ferry but, such is the quality of today's opposition, Ian Williams' charge could easily make it four in a row. Maslak is the only one of today's rivals with a recent run and he was beaten out of sight on that occasion, while Goodlukin Lucy won on turf in October but has been well beaten in all three starts on Polytrack. Jeer has won here but finished last over C&D back in November. Gloucester is a decent handicapper over hurdles but this is his first race on the level since last July.
Carter 3-1fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, going well when not clear run on inside over 2f out, headway to lead on inside over 1f out, soon hung right, ridden clear, easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Port Hill (8-12) by 8l, 12 ran.
Jeer (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, weakening when hampered over 2f out, last of 11, 44l behind Pelham Crescent (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Gloucester 4-1 (9-4) Planted in stalls, lost all off one furlong, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Silent Applause (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Maslak (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased leader until well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 16l behind Beaubrav (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Goodlukin Lucy 50-1 (8-10) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, 15th of 17, 44l behind Ceilidh House (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gs in Nov.
Hallstatt (IRE) 4-1fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 13, 28l behind Resplendent Ace (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.