Master Malt's second to River Maigue at Ayr last year was a very good first effort and he looks sure to win races. But he may just need this so we'll give another chance to TRADEWINDS, who pulled much too hard when favourite at Lingfield following a promising debut on the Polytrack here in December. Carole's Destrier should be thereabouts again while Yabadabadoo should improve on his debut third at Exeter last month. Calusa Star looks the pick of Philip Hobbs' runners on jockey bookings while it may be worth keeping an eye on newcomer Yes I Will.
Annacotty (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tr ldrs, went on 3out, red adv last, ko, won at Kirkistown 3m ire ptp sft in Nov beating Mosspark (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Carole's Destrier 7-4fav (11-4) Close up, led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Orchard Boy (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (5) std in Jan.
Ebbor Gorge 66-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along over 5f out, weakened 3f out, 10th of 12, 41l behind Urubu D'irlande (11-0) at Taunton 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Jean De Florette (IRE) Helissio horse out of Ismene.
Master Malt 11-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, led over 3f out, soon pressed, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1l behind River Maigue (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr.
Slaney Star (IRE) Cloudings horse out of Slaney Rose.
Steel City 10-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra in 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 10, 12l behind African Gold (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in May.
Tradewinds (FR) 5-4fav (11-5) Took keen hold in touch, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, no chance after, 7th of 10, 5l behind Sgt Reckless (11-12) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Jan.
Who's Jeff (IRE) 15-8fav (11-2) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway on inside to 4th place over 5f out, went 3rd close hom, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Little Pop (11-2) at Ludlow 1m 6f nhf (5) sft in Dec.
Yabadabadoo 3-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, steady headway 5f out, chased leaders travelling well over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out until one pace inside final furlong,, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Guanciale (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Highway Joe Central Park mare out of Fringe Benefit.
Calusa Star 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, outpaced by leaders from over 2f out, 6th of 9, 10l behind Shipton (10-12) at Towcester 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec.
Whileaway (USA) 20-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, tracked leaders over 6f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Un Ace (10-11) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Jan.
Yes I Will Kahyasi gelding out of Flinders.