Few of these arrive in the best of nick for the opening race of the campaign but JUSTONEFORTHEROAD has contested high grade handicaps in his time and it's only just over a year ago that he was a close-up fourth in Levitate's Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster. Admittedly, he's been out the back the last thrice but should be good enough if retaining only a portion of previous ability now dropped into the lowest grade. Juvenal, an ex-Richard Hannnon inmate, is interesting on his first run for the Harker team and has to be respected, as does Nubar Boy despite the imposition of topweight. Ian Williams' charge usually saves his best for the all-weather but turns up in very fair form with George Downing claiming a useful 5lb. He should be thereabouts.
Nubar Boy 7-1 (9-2) Led 1f, tracked leader until over 2f out, went 2nd again over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Hill Of Dreams (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Justonefortheroad 12-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden when weakened 2f out, 15th of 16, 18l behind Kiwi Bay (8-3) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Juvenal (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Dwelt held up, reminders after 2f, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 7l behind The Great Gabrial (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Spithead 20-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened over 3f out, 8th of 9, 30l behind Zaitsev (8-5) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Thrust Control (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Prominent, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Welliesinthewater (9-1) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (5) fbs in Mar.
Tight Knit (USA) 8-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 14l behind Pretty Bubbles (9-2) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Amber Moon 66-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 8l behind Indian Violet (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Betty Boo (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind Entrapping (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Miss Ella Jade 6-1 (8-6) Chased leading pair, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 7th of 10, 29l behind West End Lad (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.
Star Request 7-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, lost place 7f out, ridden and some headway over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 11, 7l behind Catching Zeds (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Hello Sweetness 66-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, soon outpaced ridden well over 3f out, headway and hung left over 2f out, went modest 3rd over 1f out until nearing finish, 4th of 7, 7l behind Black Vale (8-12) at Southwell 7f 2yo sell stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Volodina (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) In touch, took keen hold, hung right 8f out, soon cocked jaw, veered right and pulled herself up, in a race won by Nick The Odds (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Feb, 5 ran.