Ruth Carr restored Beckermet to winning ways last season though he prefers a bit of cut in the ground nowadays, while the same could be said of Sam Nombulist who scored in testing ground over C&D in November and is 7lb higher today. George Baker cannot be easily ruled out given the progress he made last year and Nezami can also be given a chance, but Fluctuation may find this tougher having won three times on the Fibresand at Southwell this year. CALDERCRUIX also won at Southwell on his latest start when breezing up by four lengths but he's twice a winner on turf and arrives in good form. He looks capable of following up despite a rise in the weights.
Beckermet (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 20, 1l behind Yair Hill (9-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Azrael 40-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 16, 12l behind Fityaan (8-10) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Layla's Hero (IRE) 7-1fav (9-2) Always towards rear, 13th of 16, 7l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Caldercruix (USA) 4-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on strongly, comfortable, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar beating Punching (8-7) by 4l, 9 ran.
Roninski (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders on outer, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Clockmaker (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Rigolleto (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Mid-division on outside, lost place over 3f out, 11th of 14, 19l behind Veroon (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Sam Nombulist 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven to lead over 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov beating Deliberation (8-13) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Illustrious Prince (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 8l behind Beckermet (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Greyfriarschorista 2-5fav (8-12) Made all, quickened clear over 1f out, idled inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Mar beating Ahlawy (8-7) by 4l, 4 ran.
April Fool 15-2 (8-10) Made all, driven 2f out, ridden clear approaching final furlong, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) pol in Mar beating Red Somerset (8-13) by 10l, 6 ran.
George Baker (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, weakening when not much room inside final furlong, last of 17, 13l behind Murura (9-5) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Collateral Damage (IRE) 15-2 (9-9) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 8l behind Moheebb (9-12) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Global Village (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) In rear, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 3l behind Bandstand (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Defence Council (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Raced wide in touch, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 8l behind Woolfall Sovereign (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Silverware (USA) 7-2fav (8-11) Led 2f, tracked winner until over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 18l behind Nazreef (9-1) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Switchback 6-1 (9-4) Went right start, chased leaders, ridden 1f out, kept on to lead last 100 yards, won at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep beating Abidhabidubai (9-5) by 1l, 9 ran.
George Benjamin 8-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Roninski (8-8) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Mujaadel (USA) 14-1 (8-9) Dwelt, in rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 13th of 14, 20l behind Beckermet (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Apollo D'negro (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Ellie In The Pink (8-6) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Fluctuation (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on to lead near finish, readily, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar beating St Oswald (9-7) by nk, 6 ran.
Nezami (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Led, driven and headed over 2f out, rallied and every chance inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Gorgeous Goblin (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind Haamaat (9-2) at Lingfield 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Mar.