Intermix picked up a race in France at the end of last year. He scored on the all-weather at Deauville but the form is hard to assess and ERODIUM is preferred. The betting suggested the latter was expected to improve on last year's efforts on his comeback at Lingfield and he duly landed the odds in good style. Red To Amber should also go close having dead-heated for first at Kempton with Gabrial's Wawa - the latter having won again since. Magical Rose and Countryman are two of the less-exposed types worth noting on their return to action.
Intermix (IRE) (8-12) won at Deauville Midi(FR) 7f 2yo stks fbs in Dec beating Pont Neuilly (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Jubilee Games 7-2 (9-6) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind George Rooke (9-7) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Erodium 4-5fav (8-10) Tracked leader, challenged from 2f out, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Spring Tonic (9-13) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Countryman 5-2fav (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, challenged over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, soon ridden clear, driven out, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct beating Ashamaly (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Inaugural 7-2 (9-3) Soon led, headed 5f out, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 15l behind Carry On Sydney (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Royal Prize 5-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Daaree (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Magical Rose (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Held up in last, ridden and closed over 2f out, pressing leaders inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Mushaakis (8-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Red To Amber (IRE) 3-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, dead heated post, won at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Feb deadheating with Gabrial's Wawa (8-9), 9 ran.