Multisure has never won but has gone close on several occasions, including over a mile at Newcastle last time. Douglas Pasha only beat two rivals at Wolverhampton before a poor effort in a Leicester seller but How's Life was well supported when making a winning start at Wolverhampton in October and should make a nice three-year-old. Mark Johnston completed a treble at last week's opening fixture and should be among the winners today with IZZY BOY taken to set the ball rolling. His form tailed off at the end of the last campaign but earlier runs suggest he's up to winning a race of this nature. Cinderslipper ploughed through the mud to score at Redcar in November but will find conditions very different this time.
How's Life 10-3 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct beating Enzaal (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Izzy Boy (USA) 3-1fav (9-3) Keen prominent, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 15l behind Alexandrakollontai (8-1) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Sep.
Bayan Kasirga (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 12l behind Marhaba Malayeen (9-6) at Redcar 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Cinderslipper (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Nov beating Hawk High (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Emperatriz 33-1 (8-4) Raced centre, took keen hold, held up in last pair in group, ridden 3f out, soon beaten, 11th of 15, 13l behind Red Avenger (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Antonius 11-2 (9-7) Chased leader until over 3f out, stayed chasing leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Monsieur Royale (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Firstkissoflove 33-1 (8-7) In rear, took keen hold, hung badly left before halfway, raced along farside, lost place over 3f out, last of 8, well behind Lilac Lace (8-13) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Inovate (IRE) 22-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, driven 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 14l behind Emperatriz (8-12) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Aug.
Byron's Dream 20-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, disputing modest 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 10, 8l behind El Mirage (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Multisure 14-1 (9-3) Led until over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Mash Potato (9-4) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Douglas Pasha (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden and outpaced approaching 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Studfarmer (9-5) at Leicester 6f 3yo sll (6) gs.
Bougaloo 20-1 (9-2) Led, headed narrowly halfway, pressed winner until 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Apache Rising (9-8) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.