Nothing leaps off the page in this very modest opener but King's Road, only 3lb higher than when second at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, must have a decent chance. Hopeand drops into a seller for the first time but hasn't shown much since the summer, though was well ahead of Thank You Joy at Worcester in August. UNWANTED GIFT is hardly a confident selection as most of his recent form has been over fences but he seems suited by 2m on a sharp track and this won't take much winning. Monroe Park has won here in the past but that was over 3m and on a fast surface.
Unwanted Gift (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind City Press (11-0) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Thank You Joy 16-1 (11-4) Always behind, 8th of 11, 31l behind On The Feather (10-10) at Plumpton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Hopeand 7-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden 3out, well held in 3rd when fell last, in a race won by No Way Hozay (10-11) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan, 4 ran.
King's Road 9-1 (10-13) Keen held up, headway to chase leaders 5th, left in lead 2 out, ridden and headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1l behind The Society Man (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Aim 20-1 (12-0) Prom til wknd rap 14; to & pu 3 out, in a race won by Plettenburg (12-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gf in Apr '11, 12 ran.
Dalrymple (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Prominent, mistakes 6th and 3 out, one pace before last, 5th of 13, 12l behind I Know The Code (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy.
Monroe Park (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, quickly weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 12, 42l behind Keep Kicking (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.
Mezarat (ITY) 10-1 (10-11) Raced wide, chased leaders, weakened 2 out, behind and pulled up before last, in a race won by Fitandproperjob (10-10) at Folkestone 2m 1f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Onwards'n'upwards 100-1 (10-10) Towards rear, ridden and struggling after 5th, tailed off and pulled up soon after, in a race won by Farbreaga (11-7) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan, 15 ran.