Dairam went close to catching the winner on fast ground at Redcar on his reappearance and has every chance along with Liberty Jack, a third on the Polytrack last month. Perfect Calm showed promise on her debut at Leicester before finishing 14 lengths behind the winner when third at Kempton while Rosie Rebel has found only one too good in both starts at Wolverhampton. SAN GABRIEL also ran at Wolverhampton last time and finished a creditable third despite starting a big price. Ed Walker's colt gets the nod in a wide-open contest.
My Stroppy Poppy 28-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, hard driven halfway, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 29l behind Les Verguettes (9-5) at Leicester 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Oct.
Dairam (USA) 4-6fav (9-5) Dwelt, led, headed over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, just held near finish, 2nd of 5, hd behind Red Paladin (9-5) at Redcar 7f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in Apr.
Liberty Jack (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway and not clearest of runs well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd final 120 yards, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 2l behind World Record (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
Mr Blue Nose 50-1 (9-5) Dwelt in rear, pushed along over 6f out, reminders 5f out, soon struggling, last of 7, 17l behind Strategic Strike (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
San Gabriel (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Off The Pulse (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr.
Atilia 66-1 (8-12) Pushed along halfway, always towards rear, 12th of 14, 16l behind George Cinq (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Miss Mitigate Sir Percy filly out of Oblige.
Perfect Calm (USA) 7-4 (8-10) With leader until ridden over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Secret Talent (9-1) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr.
Rosie Rebel 9-2 (8-8) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced on outside 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Dutch Mistress (9-12) at Wolverhampton 7f fll mdn stks (6) pol in Jan.