Colonel Mak had been racing on the all-weather before winning last year's renewal but is making his seasonal debut this time around. Jamaican Bolt will relish soft ground but has done all his winning over 5f so far. Ancient Cross may have finished down the field in this last season but has his preferred going today, though the latter was beaten by THUNDERBALL over track and trip in October along with five more of today's opposition that included Shropshire and Farlow. Fit from racing on the all-weather, Scott Dixon's charge looks up to landing this and gets the vote. Spinatrix, Another Wise Kid and Chooseday are others who could go well if the ground rides slow and Mass Rally is not easily dismissed, though has a poor strike rate.
Mass Rally (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway iunder pressure inside final furlong, never on terms, 8th of 19, 6l behind Eton Rifles (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Nov.
Shropshire (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) In touch, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 19, 4l behind Thunderball (8-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Colonel Mak 33-1 (9-5) Towards rear stand side, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 11th of 20, 7l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Ancient Cross 10-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 19, nk behind Thunderball (8-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Raced stands side, prominent, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 21, nk behind Jack Dexter (9-1) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
West Leake Diman (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 19, 17l behind Thunderball (8-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Spinatrix 9-4fav (9-7) Pushed along early to chase leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Coolminx (8-12) at Hamilton 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep.
Thunderball 10-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 23l behind Docofthebay (8-10) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Feb.
Farlow (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon hard ridden, every chance inside final furlong, kept on well, 5th of 19, 1 3/4l behind Thunderball (8-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Chunky Diamond (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Slowly away, always in rear, 17th of 20, 22l behind Heeraat (9-4) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Alejandro (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Common Touch (9-2) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep.
Imperial Djay (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 13, 7l behind Big Note (9-3) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep.
King Of Jazz (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon racing in mid- division on outside, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble leaders, 8th of 14, 4l behind Haamaat (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
All Or Nothin (IRE) 7-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 15l behind Piscean (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Fast Shot 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders far side group, ridden over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 14th of 23, 10l behind Mass Rally (9-9) at Ayr 6f hcp (3) hvy in Sep.
Another Wise Kid (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Held up, pushed along 3f out, headway 2f out, challenged inside final furlong, led towards finish, held on, won at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct beating Arctic Feeling (8-10) by ns, 8 ran.
Chooseday (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Chased leader, every chance over 1f out, soon led, ran on well, driven out, won at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug beating Harry Trotter (8-13) by 2l, 6 ran.
Trade Secret 50-1 (8-3) Dwelt, in rear, headway well over 1f out, never on terms, 12th of 19, 8l behind Thunderball (8-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.