Proximo finished one place and almost five lengths ahead of BILLESLEY ROAD over 1m6f at Warwick in November but the latter was very green that day. With an extra 3f to cover and on an easier surface, Philip Hobbs' well-bred four-year-old is fancied to reverse that form and open his account today. Typhon De Guye has claims on his second at Towcester but Eight Keys' form looks modest and Sing Sing Sing hasn't been seen since finishing runner-up in a five-runner race at Towcester in February last year. Unex Degas, who cost 92,000gns as a yearling, may prove the pick of the newcomers ahead of the filly Umadachar.
Barry The Barber (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Alw in r, 11th at 5th & rddn aftr 7th, rddn aftr 8th, last when pu aftr 5out, in a race won by Rolling Aces (12-0) at Lismore 3m ire ptp gs in Mar, 14 ran.
Effectsmenone 66-1 (11-4) Behind, ridden along over 4f out, headway on outside 3f out, one pace final 2f, 7th of 15, 23l behind Ifyouletmefinish (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Fred The Shred (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Unruley to post, unseated rider soon after start, in a race won by Trespasser (10-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (5) gd in Dec, 12 ran.
Native Brian (IRE) Brian Boru gelding out of Gentle Native.
Typhon De Guye (FR) 7-2fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, in lead over 2f out, headed last stride, 2nd of 13, nk behind Ace Fighter Pilot (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Upton Oaks 80-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, weakened over 6f out, 7th of 12, well behind Trespasser (10-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (5) gd in Dec.
Xaarcet (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up, pushed along on outside over 3f out, ridden and no impression 2f out, 7th of 10, 11l behind Population (10-9) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Sing Sing Sing (FR) 15-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders on inside, challenged 4f out, led narrowly over 3f out, driven and headed over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Syndication (10-9) at Towcester 2m nhf (6) hvy in Feb.
Billesley Road 6-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 5f out, headway over 3f out, plugged on final 2f, went 4th entering final furlong, 4th of 16, 11l behind The New One (10-12) at Warwick 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) gd in Nov.
Cool George Pastoral Pursuits gelding out of Magic Valentine.
Eight Keys 4-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, hung left under pressure and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 6l behind Juhd (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) gs in Nov.
Noble Chance Septieme Ciel gelding out of Noble Soul.
Proximo (FR) 28-1 (10-7) Chased leading pair, led over 4f out, hung right and stumbled on bend over 3f out, headed 3f out, chased winner until over 1f out, stayed on same pace after, 3rd of 16, 7l behind The New One (10-12) at Warwick 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) gd in Nov.
Unex Degas (IRE) High Chaparral gelding out of Alaynia.
Kabira Exit To Nowhere filly out of Fleeting Vision.
Umadachar (FR) Turgeon filly out of Intelectuelle.