Charlie Hills will be hoping there's plenty of pace on Regal Dan's side of the draw. He may well get it as both Evanescent and Tasrih like to race prominently. Jockey bookings suggest Justonefortheroad is preferred to Khelman of the Richard Fahey-trained runners and Johnno has claims for Dandy Nicholls' yard. Hillbilly Boy arrives in fine form from the all-weather and Daring Dragon could go well back over 7f. Dual 6f winner Baron Run attempts today's trip for the first time while Victoire De Lyphar scored off a 3lb lower mark over course and distance last summer. Royal Holiday is another to consider, but the speculative vote goes to the lightly-raced BARAWEEZ, placed in soft ground in France for Freddie Head last year and having his first start for a new yard.
Regal Dan (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Raced wide towards rear, ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, headway entering final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Silverware (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Evanescent (IRE) 5-1fav (9-5) Prominent, lost place 3f out, hampered over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 19, 10l behind Dusky Queen (8-13) at York 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Shesastar 13-2 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden and effort over 2f out, never on terms, no extra inside final furlong, 11th of 19, 11l behind Dusky Queen (8-13) at York 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Hillbilly Boy (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Headway to lead narrowly 5f out, ridden 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, held on gamely, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Seek The Fair Land (9-5) by nk, 8 ran.
Dubai Dynamo 33-1 (8-10) Always behind, 14th of 15, 23l behind Gworn (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Tasrih (USA) 13-2 (8-13) Reared start and slowly away, headway to press leader after 3f, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 49l behind Noble Citizen (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-90) (3) fbs in Feb.
Invincible Hero (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Led, narrowly headed over 2f out, ridden and led again over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct beating Eurystheus (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Justonefortheroad 4-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 23l behind Silly Billy (9-0) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Seek The Fair Land (9-1) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Feb.
Just Paul (IRE) 6-1fav (8-9) Always in rear, came stand side over 2f out, 13th of 14, 18l behind Showboating (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Oct.
Baraweez (IRE) (9-2) 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Kassama (8-12) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stk sft in Sep.
Johnno 8-1 (9-6) Raced wide, prominent, led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct beating Wilfred Pickles (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Raced wide mid-division, ridden halfway, came centre over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Showboating (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Oct.
Millkwood 4-5fav (9-5) Soon outpaced and behind, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd final stride, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Beacon Tarn (8-11) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Valmina 14-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Breccbennach (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Defence Council (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Refused to race, in a race won by Barkston Ash (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep, 16 ran.
Baron Run 16-1 (8-6) Slight lead until headed 2f out, hung left and lost 2nd over 1f out, continued to edge left and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Trinityelitedotcom (9-1) at Warwick 6f hcp (3) gf in Oct.
Daring Dragon 5-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, switched right and headway approaching final furlong, ran on to go 3rd towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Dutiful Son (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Royal Holiday (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Modernism (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Khelman (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 21, 8l behind Four Winds (9-5) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.