Luca Cumani's runners are usually better for their seasonal debut, but ROCKALONG left a good impression when winning his maiden here in November and gets the vote. He wasn't unduly troubled in beating a subsequent winner on that occasion and looks a decent handicapper in the making. However, dangers abound, not least Net Whizz and Dubawi Island. Both have form on the Polytrack that entitles them to consideration, while Sword In Hand won here before finishing a decent second at Newbury on his handicap bow. Brocklebank beat a below par Lily Edge at Lingfield last time but is upped in class along with the progressive Flamborough Breeze and Lowther looks high enough in the weights now.
Dubawi Island (FR) 5-1 (9-5) Led until over 6f out, led again over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 7, 11l behind All The Winds (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Net Whizz (USA) 5-6fav (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken on outside well over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on in closing stages, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Validus (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Cruiser 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, lost place inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Prime Exhibit (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Lowther 11-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, held up and behind, still last and plenty to do 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 8th of 11, 5l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Forceful Appeal (USA) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leading pair, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Rockalong (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, tracked leader, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Kalokagathia (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Savanna Days (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 6l behind Swing Alone (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Break Rank (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Last trio, headway on outside and edged left over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on but no chance with easy winner, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Sunpass (9-3) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Brocklebank (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Avertis (9-5) by hd, 7 ran.
Sword In Hand 11-2 (9-2) Raced keenly, with leader, ridden and every chance when edged right over 1f out, kept on, held final 75 yards, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Anya (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Flamborough Breeze 3-1fav (9-5) Steadied start, held up in rear, travelling well when switched left to wide outside over 1f out, strong run to 2nd inside final furlong, closed on winner, never going to get there, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Tadabeer (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Lily Edge 7-1 (9-3) Raced wide in touch, headway to track leader 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 6l behind Brocklebank (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.