Petergate made the frame in a handicap at Carlisle last time and should figure again in this company. Jacob Black was placed on his debut at Bath last year and has his first start for a new trainer but Darling Boyz has gone backwards since a debut third at Newcastle. Lynngale and Ice Mayden are both inconsistent and hard to fancy so TOM MANN will not need to improve much on February's introduction at Wolverhampton to figure - David Barron's charge gets the nod.
Darling Boyz 14-1 (8-11) Behind, outpaced 3f out, ridden and stayed on final 2f, never nearer, 6th of 16, 13l behind Ahoy There (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Jacob Black 6-1 (8-6) Raced on outside towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 12, 20l behind Autumn Sunrise (8-10) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.
Petergate 5-1 (8-9) Close up, effort to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind We'll Shake Hands (9-5) at Carlisle 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Solid Justice (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up, pushed along and outpaced halfway, headway on insid eover 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Yagheer (9-3) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Tom Mann (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and headway from 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 8, 3l behind Mon Petit Secret (8-1) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb.
Blue Jacket (USA) 100-1 (8-7) Raced keenly, tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 16l behind Queens Park (8-12) at Carlisle 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf.
Ice Mayden 5-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, chased clear winner 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Tamayuz Magic (9-0) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Lynngale 16-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never a factor, 10th of 16, 17l behind Dutch Lady (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May.
Miguela Mcguire 40-1 (8-2) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 7l behind We'll Shake Hands (9-5) at Carlisle 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.