It was fast ground when HAB REEH won last year's renewal but he's also won on a soft surface before. He gets the vote with a leading amateur on board after going close here last week. Minty Jones finally opened his account when landing a maiden race at Chepstow but a 12lb rise will likely anchor him and recent Southwell runner-up Novalist makes more appeal. Rock Canyon has a shout with a competent amateur on board but Iceblast would prefer a faster surface and Fol Hollow is best over 5f.
Fol Hollow (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, faded entering final furlong, last of 10, 13l behind Classy Anne (8-13) at Hamilton 5f app hcp (6) gs.
Minty Jones 25-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden approaching final 2f, clear when hung left final furlong, driven out, won at Chepstow 6f mdn stks (5) sft in May beating Debit (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Iceblast 3-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Rigolleto (9-6) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Hab Reeh 11-2 (8-10) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Mandalay King (8-12) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Amethyst Dawn (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Keen towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, no impression, last of 9, 13l behind Fab Lolly (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Tadalavil 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace and not much room inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Classy Anne (8-13) at Hamilton 5f app hcp (6) gs.
Blue Clumber 25-1 (8-7) Led 2f, soon lost place, not a danger after, 5th of 8, 6l behind Bond Club (9-2) at Leicester 6f sell stks (6) sft.
Methaaly (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) In rear and outpaced, 8th of 9, 7l behind Fathom Five (8-8) at Chepstow 5f hcp (6) sft.
Lexi's Beauty (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, every chance inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 11, nk behind Absolute Bearing (9-9) at Redcar 6f (6) gs in May.
Rock Canyon (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Classy Anne (8-13) at Hamilton 5f app hcp (6) gs.
Novalist 9-2 (8-6) Quickly away, led 1f, chased leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon lost 2nd, rallied to regain 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Amenable (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Bix (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Slowly away, held up in rear, well beaten over 2f out, 7th of 9, 20l behind Aseela (9-5) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gs in May.
Spoken Words 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Borough Boy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Amis Reunis 18-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, 5th of 10, 7l behind Ellies Image (8-6) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.