Difficult to make a strong case for any of this bunch but ROYAL DEFENCE scored over a longer trip here in similar ground last season and Seb Sanders rides this quirky track better than most. Byrd In Hand's only win to date came over a mile though he's been in decent form on the all-weather recently while So Is She remains on a winning mark despite a 2lb rise for her recent win at Wolverhampton and can figure. Tinkerbell Will posted a better effort when a close-up third on her latest start and C&D winner Finch Flyer is fit from hurdling on his return to the Flat.
Darsan (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Close up on outer, ridden halfway, weakened 3f out, eased over 1f out, last of 7, 38l behind Clayton (8-10) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Mar.
Royal Defence (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Chased winner until over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 6, 21l behind Colinca's Lad (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Starstuded (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, driven and headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 21l behind Nice Rose (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 4f mdn flls stks (5) sft.
Lily Lily 33-1 (9-3) Chased leader, pushed along over 4f out, soon lost place, tailed off, last of 10, 36l behind Mr Chocolate Drop (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Fonterutoli (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind, came stands side in straight, pushed along and beaten 3f out, tailed off and eased, last of 8, 45l behind Red Inca (8-6) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Notabadlad 12-1 (9-7) Raced wide held up, hampered over 8f out, headway 7f out, close up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 32l behind Penbryn (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, riddn to lead over 1f out, soon hard ridden, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Fault (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Border Abby 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 3f out, soon hung left, never on terms, 7th of 15, 7l behind Ippi N Tombi (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, pressed leaders over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Beauchamp Xiara (8-9) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Oct.
So Is She (IRE) 5-2fav (8-11) Prominent 1f, mid-division, headway 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Harrys Yer Man (8-13) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Tinkerbell Will 20-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden and hung right over 1f out, stayed on to press winner towards finish, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 9, hd behind Spartan King (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Lord Of The Storm 13-2 (8-5) Led early, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 11l behind Honourable Knight (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Nov.
Turbulent Priest 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon recovered and close up, led over 8f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 23l behind Cantor (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Heading To First 25-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Mister Frosty (10-13) at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Feb.
Rosy Dawn 14-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Odd Ball (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.