13:00 - EASTERN WORLD (2) made plenty of appeal on paper and ran to a useful level on his debut at Kempton in December, despite being unable to justify strong support in the market, and, switched to turf six months on, he again found one too good when beaten at odds-on for the second time over this course and distance. He sets a pretty good standard though, and should have no problem going one better in a race of this nature.
13:35 - LADY BOWTHORPE (8) showed improved form to make it two wins from as many starts at Lingfield last time, doing really well to overcome unfavourable circumstances and ultimately proving value for a fair bit extra on top of the bare result. She is a consistent filly who has leading claims of following up here.
14:10 - EQUIANO SPRINGS (1) enhanced his excellent Newcastle record and proved himself just about as good as ever when landing a six-furlong handicap in March, staying on to lead inside the final furlong. That win was after a similar absence as the one he faces here, so fitness shouldn't be an issue, and racing from the same mark now switched back to turf, he should prove difficult to beat.
14:45 - TIME SCALE (6) was well backed on her debut at this venue at the beginning of the month and duly showed promise, never involved but also not knocked about. She stepped up markedly on that run to make short work of a modest field at Chepstow two weeks ago, quickening clear to win with ease. This is a big step up in class, but she is likely to progress further and looks a useful prospect, so she gets the vote to take it in her stride.
15:20 - ASCENSION (4) won novices at Salisbury and Newcastle last summer, and though he ended the season on a poor note, he caught the eye on his return when an excellent third in a Sandown handicap 15 days ago, shaping with considerable promise given he was unsuited by the way the race developed. He looked well treated that day, and from the same mark here, he holds excellent claims of regaining the winning thread.
15:55 - A dual winner who progressed well last year, DESERT ICON (5) shaped encouragingly after nine months off when fourth in a course-and-distance handicap on his return earlier this month, travelling typically well and not unduly punished after being denied a run two furlongs out. This is only his second season racing and it would be no surprise to see him improve this term.
16:30 - FIRST IN LINE (5) developed into a really smart handicapper last autumn and made a solid reappearance in a listed event over this course and distance three weeks ago, though he did show signs of freshness on his comeback. He should come on for that run, and with the prospect of still more to come as a four-year-old, he is taken to resume his progress.
17:00 - ISLAND BRAVE (3) shaped better than the distance beaten suggests, and also left the impression he would be better for the outing, when fifth at Newbury 16 days ago. He is a consistent sort who often gives his running at this level, and is now 2 lb lower than when landing a useful handicap at Ayr this time last year, so he could be the one to side with in this card closer.