Big Johnny D showed progressive form last season but is 9lb higher than when scoring here in September. Stablemate BERTIEWHITTLE makes more appeal as he's been competing in tough races at Meydan and on the Polytrack back in this country. Jack Garrity's allowance may just give David Barron's charge the edge over the likes of Set The Trend and he gets the vote. The latter has leading claims, however, with a recent outing under his belt while Marco Botti's new charge Dont Bother Me is interesting. Campaigned in pattern company last year, he makes his handicap debut with Frankie on board. Glen Moss makes more appeal than Sir Reginald at this level and though Consign never figured when fancied for the Lincoln, he could prove a different proposition back on fast ground.
Bertiewhittle 5-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden and headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Chookie Royale (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Set The Trend 6-1 (9-2) Dwelt in touch in 4th, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, last of 4, 5l behind Bravo Echo (8-13) at Kempton 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol in Mar.
Kenny Powers 11-1 (9-0) Led until over 2f out, soon lost place, last of 6, 22l behind Breton Rock (9-0) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gs.
Dont Bother Me (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Led early, tracked leaders, struggling straight, weakened from over 1f out, 9th of 10, 13l behind Sruthan (9-3) at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 (1) in Oct.
Big Johnny D (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, lost place 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 17, 16l behind Heaven's Guest (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Louis The Pious 6-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Newstead Abbey 11-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Glen Moss (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Close up, ridden 2f out, chased winner just inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Georgian Bay (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Balty Boys (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 17, 15l behind Ocean Tempest (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Regal Parade 16-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, ridden and outpaced halfway, last of 6, 23l behind Frontier Fighter (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcap (2) fbs in Mar.
Gramercy (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, one pace, 11th of 21, 6l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Consign 10-1 (8-10) Slowly away, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 13th of 17, 17l behind Ocean Tempest (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Sir Reginald 11-2fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 4th of 18, 3l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Fort Bastion (IRE) 22-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 15, 3l behind Farlow (8-12) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.