Prophesy ended last season prematurely after a win in soft ground at Carlisle in August and there should be more to come from him this year, while all ground comes alike to Maven but he's looked in the handicapper's grip since scoring at York in July. NOGUCHI is much travelled and has raced exclusively on the Polytrack since joining Michael Murphy. A winner on soft ground in Italy, it could be his turn today and he gets the speculative vote to return to winning ways. Multiple all-weather winner The Lock Master finally got to grips with this surface when winning three times in soft going last season. He looks a threat along with the returning Snow Trooper, while Askaud is well handicapped on past form if back to her best. Brockfield and Amaze are others to consider on their return to action.
Amaze 9-2 (9-4) Held up in last pair in touch, headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, soon challenged, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, edged right near finish, won at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct beating Hillview Boy (9-10) by 1l, 6 ran.
Prophesy (IRE) 10-11fav (9-2) Led, headed over 5f out, tracked leaders in 3rd, raced center from over 2f out, led inside final furlong, held on near finish, won at Carlisle 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug beating Hurler And Farmer (9-3) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Maven 4-1 (9-4) Slowly away, in rear, ridden and some headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 41l behind Kay Gee Be (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Nov.
Eastern Destiny 12-1 (8-3) Held up in touch, hampered and lost place over 2f out, well beaten after, 9th of 11, 8l behind Deia Sunrise (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) hvy in Sep.
Noguchi (IRE) 9-4fav (8-8) Held up behind, headway on outside over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Hilali (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Askaud (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Chookie Royale (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
The Lock Master (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) With leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Dubai Hills (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Snow Trooper 11-1 (8-13) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Cufflink 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 9l behind Greyfriarschorista (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Musnad (USA) 5-1 (8-11) Raced wide held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 10l behind Caledonia Prince (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) fbs in Feb.
Brockfield 13-2 (9-2) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway to track leaders 7f out, led over 3f out, hard ridden over 1f out, held on well under pressure, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Follow The Flag (8-10) by 1/2l, 11 ran.