Postscript showed good progress last year until well beaten in the Cambridgeshire off today's mark. Newnton Lodge is weighted to reverse last year's running at Sandown with David Simcock's charge but is having his first start since August. Elusive Hawk has been in fine form in lesser company on the Fibresand but is up another 7lb for this while Verse Of Love seems to have gone off the boil after some good efforts on the Polytrack over the winter. Kingscroft finished a close-up third over track and trip in November with MIA'S BOY a place behind but Robert Tart's 5lb claim could give the latter the edge in this and he gets the tentative vote.
Mia's Boy 6-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Swing Alone (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Postscript (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Raced near side, always towards rear, never a factor, 29th of 33, 28l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Verse Of Love 33-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 15, 7l behind Grey Mirage (8-8) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Kingscroft (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Springinmystep (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, no impression straight, 13th of 14, 8l behind Spirituality (8-10) at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp 60-95 pol in Oct.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 4-11fav (9-8) Tracked winner, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 3, 3l behind Hamoody (9-8) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs.
Dubawi Island (FR) 8-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 8l behind Rockalong (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Good Authority (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Head Of Steam (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Newnton Lodge 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division, took keen hold, ridden 2f out, effort over 1f out, stayed on, not able to trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Postscript (9-12) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.