Edgeworth went close in an amateurs' race at Doncaster last month but it's hard to get carried away with that form despite Jamie Spencer taking over the reins today. DAZZLING VALENTINE makes more appeal as she's been raised 2lb for a narrow-margin victory over C&D last time but remains on a lower mark than when scoring at this track last year. Shabak Hom hasn't taken to hurdling and his only wins on the Flat came on turf but Saint Thomas ended a long losing streak when winning over C&D last month and should be thereabouts again.
Edgeworth (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Arizona John (10-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Shabak Hom (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Held up in last, wanting to hang right, headway over 3f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 10l behind Brunston (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Dazzling Valentine 7-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 3rd approaching final 2f, switched left to inside over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to lead final stride, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating One For Joules (8-12) by shd, 7 ran.
Wicked Spirit (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to dispute 2f out, no extra 1 1/2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 9l behind Justification (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f 3yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
That'll Do Nicely (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Munsarim (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Saint Thomas (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar beating White Diamond (8-13) by nk, 7 ran.
Tropical Bachelor (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, under pressure over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 13, 8l behind Miss Ferney (8-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Spartan King (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, under pressure when short of room inside final furlong, soon beaten, 7th of 11, 8l behind Just Five (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Mecox Bay (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division on outside, outpaced 4f out, kept on under pressure final 2f, went 4th inside final furlong, no chance with leaders, 4th of 11, 11l behind Bilidn (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.