Mason Hindmarsh won over a longer trip here in October but didn't really sparkle on the all-weather or over hurdles during the winter. Focail Maith tries a new trip but there are no stamina reservation surrounding Pertuis, who has been placed over hurdles and won an amateurs' race over 1m4f here last year. Micky Hammond also runs Danceintothelight, who has won here on the Flat and over hurdles, while Beyeh won over 1m6f at Yarmouth in October and was placed twice over timber over the winter. ANNA'S ARCH won over hurdles last month before landing an all-weather bumper. He had a leading chance on the Flat at Southwell yesterday but looks the one to beat even if turning up with a penalty.
Knightly Escapade 9-4 (9-4) Held up in 3rd, lost place 3f out, soon behind, ridden and kept on under pressure final furlong, never on terms, last of 5, 4 1/2l behind Illustrious Forest (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Natural High (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 18l behind Admirable Duque (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcap (4) pol in Mar.
Focail Maith 9-4fav (9-7) Chased leading pair, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Buckland (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Mason Hindmarsh 10-1 (8-0) Tracked winner until over 6f out, lost place over 4f out, 5th of 6, 14l behind Honest Deal (8-8) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Platinum (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Keen, soon led, headed over 7f out, tracked leader until over 3f out, tracked leaders, lost place 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Travelling (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Feb.
Anna's Arch (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Body Language (9-3) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Royal Opera 16-1 (11-1) Reared start and slowly away, in rear, kept on in centre from 2f out, not reached leaders, 6th of 16, 6l behind Yeomanoftheguard (10-4) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) sft in Mar.
Pertuis (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Keen hold in mid-division, headway over 4f out, led over 2f out, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Gosforth Park (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Mr Snoozy 7-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 41l behind Abundantly (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Oct.
Beyeh (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Awkwardly away held up, pushed along 4f out, headway over 2f out, soon led, clear approaching final furlong, heavily eased inside final furlong, won at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (6) hvy in Oct beating Baan (8-9) by 2l, 9 ran.
Danceintothelight 7-2fav (8-12) Raced wide held up, pushed along 7f out, headway 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 11, 15l behind Light The City (8-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr '12.
Dr Irv 9-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear on outside, headway over 3f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 19l behind Authentication (8-6) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Grand Art (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 11l behind Six Of Clubs (9-12) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Sally Friday (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Schmooze (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.