A tricky finale with Hawk Moth and July Days both recent C&D winners, the former having Bahamian Lad well behind three weeks ago. Reg Hollinhead's charge is now blinkered but may struggle to reverse the placings. Dunmore Boy was only beaten a short-head over 6f here 10 days ago while Fleetwood Sands and Needwood Ridge will both make a bold bid to recapture the winning thread. CHOOKIE AVON runs his best races around here nowadays and is back at the track for the first time since going down narrowly in a blanket finish in November. He's back on a decent mark and could be the value.
Fleetwoodsands (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Nubar Boy (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Dancing Maite 5-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Where's Reiley (9-2) at Southwell 5f clm stks (6) fbs.
Chookie Avon 7-1 (9-2) Raced wide, held up in rear, moderate headway, never a factor, 9th of 12, 9l behind Prince Of Burma (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Needwood Ridge 4-1 (8-11) Chased leaders in 4th, went 3rd well over 1f out, 6th and beaten last half furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind Trojan Rocket (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hawk Moth (IRE) 22-1 (9-1) Slightly hampered start, in rear, headway and switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged right, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Wigram's Turn (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Bahamian Lad 8-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Hawk Moth (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Held up, pulled hard, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, not pace of leaders well inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1l behind Muhandis (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Dunmore Boy (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Close up, chased clear leader 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 11, shd behind Consistant (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
July Days (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Chased leader, led well over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on well, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Gala Spirit (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.