Chicoria started favourite for his debut at Towcester in November and may be capable of better. Shout It Aloud was only beaten a neck at Kempton in January and will be a threat to all if translating that form to Turf but Aiaam Al Namoos hasn't run for more than a year and Mike McCann has been absent since October. THE GREY TAYLOR refused to settle on his debut under Rules at Sedgefield but this more galloping track should suit him better and he could be the value. Arthur McBride also has a chance but the market will be the best guide as to what's expected from newcomers Vinnie Red and Bedale Lane.
Mike McCann (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th early straight and no extra under 2f out, 5th of 15, 27l behind Goldboy (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Aiaam Al Namoos 25-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, edged right and kept on inside final furlong, just held near finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Plan Again (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb '13.
Arthur Mc Bride (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, headway and held up in rear, headway on outside 5f out, went 2nd on outside 4f out until 3f out, ridden and edged left over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 23l behind Thomas Brown (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH flat (4) gs in Nov.
Chicoria (IRE) 13-8fav (10-11) Mid-division, driven halfway, soon behind and ridden, late headway over 1f out, moderate 4th inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 9, 19l behind So Oscar (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Head Of The Class (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Mid div best, 6th on inner aftr amile, fair 9th but well btn 5out, wknd 4out, 9th of 13, 32l behind Mount Brandon (11-9) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec.
Shout It Aloud 33-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders on inside, took keen hold, not clear run and switched left over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 15, nk behind One For The Guv'nr (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
The Grey Taylor (IRE) 2-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, effort over 3f out to over 2f out, ridden and weakened 1f out, 4th of 5, 14l behind Wolf Sword (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Tinos Tank (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Tinopasa.
Vinnie Red (IRE) Vinnie Roe gelding out of Conzara.
Bedale Lane (IRE) Kayf Tara mare out of Misleain.
Acertain Circus Definite Article gelding out of Circus Rose.