TURKO won at Newbury last season and looked to be on the way back when fourth to the useful Chapoturgeon at that track last month. The soft ground is a bit of a worry but the grey is probably the one to beat here if putting in a clear round. Hills Of Aran made a decent debut in this sphere when third at Warwick and has to go on the short-list, while Description won between the flags last month and makes more appeal than Surenaga in receipt of 8lb. Unowatimeen and Island Life look to be out of their depth while Joacci and Officier De Reserve may need their comeback runs.
Surenaga (IRE) 7-4 (12-5) (cp) hdwy 13; lft in ld 3 out; hdd aft nxt; nt qckn, 3rd of 8, 4l behind According To John (12-5) at Larkhill 3m ptp gf in Jan.
Joaaci (IRE) 14-1 (12-7) Trckd ldrs til wknd 11; to & pu 3 out, in a race won by Different Trades (12-0) at Upcott Cross 3m ptp in May, 8 ran.
Turko (FR) 12-1 (11-11) Mid-division, in touch 4th, driven and outpaced after 4 out, left 4th 2 out, no impression with leaders, 4th of 13, 28l behind Chapoturgeon (11-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hts chs (6) gs in Jan.
Description (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Made all; ro wl, won at Larkhill 3m ptp in Jan beating Gwanako (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 18 ran.
Hills Of Aran 5-1 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, headway after 8th, chased winner after 11th until 13th, hit next, 4 lengths 3rd 4 out, no impression from next, stayed on to close on 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 3rd of 12, 14l behind Monkerty Tunkerty (11-5) at Warwick 3m hts chs (6) gs in Jan.
Island Life (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Ap; ev ch last; nt qckn, 2nd of 10, nk behind Special Occasion (11-0) at Black Forest Lodge 3m ptp in Jan.
Officier De Reserve (FR) 15-2 (10-4) Mid-division, ridden after 15th, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by West End Rocker (10-11) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan '11, 15 ran.
Unowatimeen (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led aft 11-13; ev ch 3 out; sn wknd, 3rd of 13, 22l behind Billyvoddan (11-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd in Dec.