Plenty with a chance on their seasonal debuts including Haydock winners Valery Borzov and Marvellous Value though Doc Hay is 10lb higher than October's win at Pontefract on his return. Liberty Lady, Fitz Flyer, Magical Macey and Tagula Night all have claims on the book but have high draws to overcome though Hazelrigg could make a bold bid off his current mark. Irish import Partner is facing a tough task on his first start for Kevin Ryan and stablemate COURAGEOUS is preferred. The latter can take up his favoured front running position from a good draw and should prove suited to today's stiff 5f having scored twice over further. He gets the speculative vote in a wide-open sprint.
Liberty Lady (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Dwelt in rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 5l behind Jonny Mudball (9-1) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gs.
Racy 7-1fav (9-2) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 7th of 20, 1 3/4l behind Steps (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Fitz Flyer (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) With leader, led well over 1f out, soon headed, kept on one pace, 5th of 22, 3l behind Colonel Mak (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Valery Borzov (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Led, strongly challenged well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 21, 3 1/2l behind Bonnie Brae (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov.
Marvellous Value (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) In touch, lost place halfway, 18th of 22, 13l behind Bohemian Melody (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Mirza (8-11) 9th of 16, 7l behind Iver Bridge Lad (8-11) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 6f Grp 3 sft in Nov.
Marine Commando 12-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and weakened 1f out, 16th of 22, 11l behind Colonel Mak (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Magical Macey (USA) 18-1 (9-7) Led far side group and overall leader, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, regained lead entering final furlong, kept on, driven out, won at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep beating Fol Hollow (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 22 ran.
Doc Hay (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, hung right and stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 16, 4l behind Sirius Prospect (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov.
Partner (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Towards rear, some headway on outer to go moderate 8th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 13l behind Below Zero (8-11) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Aug.
Tagula Night (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Shropshire (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Mar.
Sunraider (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 22, 4 1/2l behind Colonel Mak (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Cocktail Charlie 10-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 13th of 20, 6l behind Steps (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Baby Strange 7-1 (9-6) Pushed along towards rear, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Arctic Feeling (8-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Master Rooney (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led stands side group, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Verinco (8-13) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Hazelrigg (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, 6th of 20, 1 3/4l behind Steps (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Courageous (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Led, headed over 4f out, led again 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Shropshire (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Mar.