Ardmay has been racing in better company but has been unable to take advantage of a slip down the ratings. He won a class 2 handicap at Ripon a year ago from a 10lb higher mark and in that kind of form would have no problems taking this. Stahoss is also 10lb lower than a year ago though he hasn't shown much and The Blue Banana is a massive 13lb higher than his victory here in September. NO POPPY hasn't raced on heavy ground since landing a York handicap in October 2012. She showed a bit more dash at Carlisle last time and Tim Easterby's mare can gain the eighth victory of her career. Les Eyre has brought Bob back from Spain with him and he's improved with each of his three starts but Ted's Brother didn't appear to enjoy the heavy ground here last month.
Ardmay (IRE) 7-2fav (8-10) Raced wide tracked leader, came stand side over 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Off The Pulse (8-8) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
No Poppy (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Tracked leader, outpaced over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, soon short of room, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 2 3/4l behind Lady Artiste (9-0) at Carlisle 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Al Muheer (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Behind, headway when short of room over 1f out, switched right, never on terms, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Johnno (9-4) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Bob 14-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Dubai Hills (9-7) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Ted's Brother (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Took keen hold, in touch, ridden 2f out, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Busatto (8-12) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in May.
Eeny Mac (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Well behind, headway over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 7th of 18, 18l behind Dark Ruler (10-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Keen in touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 18l behind Border Bandit (8-8) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Staffhoss 9-1 (8-3) Raced wide tracked leaders until lost place after 2f, in touch, ridden 3f out, plugged on inside final furlong, went 3rd post, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Bartack (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.