We're going to give another chance to WHIPCRACKAWAY in this opener as he may well have beaten Juno The Muffinman at Warwick last time had he not blundered and unseated Leighton Aspell at the last. He was only beaten a length-and-a-quarter by subsequent Sandown scorer Feb Thirtyfirst over this C&D earlier when Exeter winner Annaluna was back in third. Vexillum won over 1m6f on the Polytrack in October and is now with Harry Fry. He should pay his way over timber while Musselburgh winner Dovils Date looks the best of the penalised runners as he was taking on smart opposition last time.
Dovils Date 14-1 (11-2) In touch, hit 3rd, headway to chase leaders 5th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 5th and no chance when blundered next, went modest 4th post, 4th of 8, 36l behind Far West (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Mr Lando 8-1 (10-12) Pulled hard, slight lead until 4th, chased winner until before 4 out, lost 3rd and weakened next, 4th of 8, 25l behind Far West (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Spanish Fork (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) In rear and struggling when unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Ivor's King (10-13) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 16 ran.
Annaluna (IRE) 11-4fav (10-2) In rear, headway when not fluent and rider nearly unseated 6th, headway from 4 out, led 2 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Oct beating Flying Vic (11-12) by 7l, 7 ran.
Chendiyr (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Raced wide in touch, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Foster's Road (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
The Young Master 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Pass The Time (10-6) at Plumpton 2m 3yo clm hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Vexillum (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct beating Jalors (9-7) by nk, 11 ran (flat).
Whipcrackaway (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, headway before 2 out, disputing 2nd and every chance when blundered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Juno The Muffinman (11-0) at Warwick 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Camrock Star (IRE) 5-1 (10-1) Held up, mistakes 1st and 2nd, headway approaching 3 out, weakening when mistake next, tailed off, 4th of 7, 42l behind Pass The Time (10-6) at Plumpton 2m 3yo clm hdl (5) sft in Nov.