The Blue Dog and Tidy Affair arrive in good form. Both have been raised 6lb for recent wins over track and trip and are hard to separate in this. Rock Song is another course and distance winner who should have a say in proceedings while Singzak is not out of this off his current mark but is having is first start since October. A dual bumper winner, KEEP KICKING makes his handicap debut having finished behind a subsequent winner when a close-up fifth on his latest outing at Kempton. Jonjo O'Neill's charge gets a tentative vote to open his account on the Flat with further progress likely.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Mazij (9-1) by 4l, 7 ran.
Keep Kicking (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Soon tracking leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Speed Boogie (8-9) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol.
Tidy Affair (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar beating Day Of Destiny (9-5) by 1l, 8 ran.
Singzak 5-1 (9-7) Led, quickened 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Porcini (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Bold Duke 16-1 (8-9) In touch in 5th, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and hung left 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 14, 6l behind Significant Move (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Rock Song 7-2 (9-5) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, headway 2f out, edged left and ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating William Van Gogh (9-5) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Layla's Dancer 11-4fav (9-10) Chased leaders on outside, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 8l behind Hallstatt (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.