This looks a tricky opener. Lawney Hill trained the winner a couple of years ago and her Miss Mayfair is interesting as she's run her best races here so far, though was behind veteran Absolute Shambles on heavy ground over course and distance in November and the latter was a long way adrift of Marmalade Man here 10 day ago. Seamus Mullins' charge must have a decent chance of breaking his duck but AIRMEN'S FRIEND will enjoy the better going and has won off a higher mark over fences. He gets a tentative vote as Leicester second Cool Bob is still a maiden after 40 career starts and Elegant Olive may need this.
Mystic Appeal (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Mid-division, jumped big 1st, not much room 4th, headway next, went 2nd after 7th until before 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Thedeboftheyear (10-8) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.
Mobaasher (USA) 16-1 (10-5) Held up, struggling and behind 7th, ran on from last, finished strongly to take 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Minella On Line (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Jazz Man (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Prominent, weakened four out, pulled up next, in a race won by Catcher Star (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Elegant Olive 5-1 (11-5) Held up, headway from 9th, challenged 2 out, soon led, hard pressed flat, held on, won at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov beating Iconic Rose (10-13) by hd, 9 ran.
Airmen's Friend (IRE) 11-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 10th until after 4 out, soon ridden, one pace, 3rd of 6, well behind Orange Nassau (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Absolute Shambles 8-1 (11-0) Last pair, ridden before 8th, plugged on after 2 out, went poor 4th run-in, never on terms, 4th of 8, 39l behind Solstice Son (11-8) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Marmalade Man 7-2 (10-11) Took keen hold and raced wide chasing leaders, dived at 5th, chased winner 3 out, ridden before 2 out, driven and chance last, held when not much room on near side rail and switched left 150 yards out, one pace, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Solstice Son (11-8) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Miss Mayfair (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden after 9th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 9, 40l behind Newton Thistle (9-9) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Sea Cadet 17-2 (10-4) In touch, led 7th, hit 4 out, headed after 3 out, weakened next, modest 4th, 4th of 12, 23l behind Night Of Passion (10-10) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Cool Bob (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Held up in touch in last, mistake 4th, pecked 9th, outpaced after 11th, rallied last, went 2nd flat, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 4, ns behind Thedreamstillalive (9-11) at Leicester 2m 4f Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) sft.