AGIAAL ran green on his racecourse debut at Ripon earlier this month but stayed on well in the closing stages to take third place. He looks sure to appreciate this longer trip and gets the vote ahead of Swift Blade. The latter finished a creditable fifth at Wolverhampton in October and he should have a race in him this year, as should Clarion Call whose debut third over C&D last month gives him claims. Cry Fury, Hermes and Hollow Tree are all others to note in what looks an open contest.
Agiaal (USA) 3-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway and switched left over 1f out, ran on final furlong, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Crown Counsel (9-3) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Clarion Call 14-1 (8-8) Held up, outpaced over 3f out and dropped to last, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Tweedledrum (9-9) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.
Cry Fury 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up, headway 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 18, 10l behind Argocat (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Greyfriars Drummer 14-1 (9-3) Started slowly, headway to chase leader after 1f, pushed along 4f out, weakened 2f out, beaten when went left over 1f out, 4th of 7, 7l behind Fadhaa (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Hermes 5-6fav (8-8) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden over 2f out, carried head high over 1f out, soon beaten, 4th of 8, 6l behind One Pursuit (8-5) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.
Hollow Tree 12-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 14l behind Humdrum (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Oct.
May Contain Nuts 100-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway 3f out, soon ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Laughing Jack (8-9) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf.
Mundesley 11-1 (8-11) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, riddden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 11l behind My Mate Jake (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Swift Blade (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 3rd 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, hung left and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Irons On Fire (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Take A Spin 66-1 (8-3) In rear, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 11l behind Sandusky (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol.