Precision Strike beat Goldmadchen by a nose over 1m4f here last month and that pair are difficult to separate on today's terms. Shirazz finished back in fourth in the same race while Uncle Bernie scored over 2m1f here in February but has been beaten off higher marks since. HAZZAAT has yet to win but went close to doing so when beaten less than a length over track and trip earlier this month. Racing off the same mark today, Nick Littmoden's charge gets the vote to go one better.
Swampfire (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3f until 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 9l behind Grey Blue (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Precision Strike 8-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in touch, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon hard ridden, strongly challenged inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Goldmadchen (9-2) by ns, 8 ran.
Nolecce 20-1 (8-8) Tracked leader until ridden approaching 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 11l behind Sunblazer (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Scotsbrook Cloud 20-1 (9-8) Always in rear, last of 7, 34l behind Mazij (9-9) at Folkestone 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug '12.
Shirazz 7-2 (9-7) Settled in mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 4l behind Precision Strike (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Goldmadchen (GER) 9-4fav (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Well Owd Mon (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Hazzaat (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Dwelt, close up in last place, progress 3f out, ridden and ever chance over 1f out, edged right and led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 4, nk behind Pinotage (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in rear, smooth headway over 3f out, tracking leaders travelling well over 2f out, went 3rd 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Waving (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.