GOLDSTORM has only once been out of the first two in his last eight starts when unlucky in-running behind today's rival Idol Deputy over the track and trip last month. He's since made amends with a very convincing victory and though 7lb higher can continue his winning ways. Idol Deputy has since run poorly in a better handicap and can do better while California English has been running well enough to get into the mix. Rawaafed has been narrowly beaten three times over the course and distance and the assessor has given him a chance while Copperwood, who has won seven times on the all-weather, can never be ruled out.
Brigadoon 25-1 (8-12) Always in rear, 7th of 9, 29l behind Dubai Hills (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Idol Deputy (FR) 8-1 (8-10) In touch, gradually faded from 3f out, last of 9, 9l behind Patriotic (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.
Goldstorm 2-1fav (9-4) Held up, headway on inside 2f out, went 2nd entering final furlong, ridden and stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb beating Spanish Plume (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Standpoint 18-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon lost place, 9th of 10, 18l behind Noble Jack (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
California English (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, reminders 4f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind One Scoop Or Two (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Rawaafed (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Led, ridden 2f out, edged right and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Bishop's Castle (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Copperwood 12-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 9, 17l behind Dubai Hills (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Ortea 10-1 (9-6) Held up, ridden over 2f out, effort on outside turning for home, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Strike Force (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Hail Promenader (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort and hung left over 1f out, staying on same pace when switched left inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 8, 4l behind Goldstorm (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 20-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 10, 8l behind Monzino (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.