Although nominally the same grade of race that HOLDEN EAGLE won over C&D last time, this is less competitive and Tony Newcombe's charge can complete a hat-trick despite a further 5lb rise. Den Maschine bids for a hat-trick of a different kind as he followed up a win over track and trip with victory over hurdles at Sandown earlier this month. He's clearly in fine fettle at present but does have an 11lb rise to contend with, while Fire In Babylon has struggled off today's mark since scoring at Kempton in January. Revolving World has been in better form at Southwell recently though his only win to date came way back in 2007 so the veteran Harare could prove best of the rest.
Holden Eagle 7-2fav (8-4) Led at steady pace, narrowly headed 4f out, pressed leader, ridden to lead again inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Jamarjo (9-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Den Maschine 11-2 (9-2) Prominent, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb beating Easydoesit (8-2) by 5l, 12 ran.
Wind Star 50-1 (8-13) Always in rear, last of 9, 22l behind Honey Of A Kitten (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Feb.
Claimant (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Prominent early, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 26l behind Whodathought (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Fire In Babylon (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 10l behind Striding Edge (8-11) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Hab Reeh 7-1 (8-9) Keen early held up, pushed along 5f out, ridden over 3f out, soon struggling and behind, last of 8, 37l behind Copperwood (9-7) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Angelena Ballerina (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Always behind, 10th of 11, 17l behind One Of Twins (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Harare 10-1 (8-6) Dwelt, outpaced, headway over 1f out, kept on to go moderate 3rd post, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Trans Sonic (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs.
Needwood Park 33-1 (8-8) Led, niggled along at times, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Blue Cossack (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Revolving World (IRE) 15-2 (8-2) Dwelt in rear, headway on outer halfway, chased winner 4f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Putin (8-2) at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Always Dixie (IRE) 80-1 (9-0) Held up in 3rd, weakened over 3f out, last of 5, well behind Hada Men (9-6) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.