MAWADDAH gets the nod in this opener ahead of Court Drinking and Tislimeen. Richard Hannon traditionally does well at this time of year and this son of Intikhab showed enough last season to suggest that he can pick up a race this year. He is proven on an artificial surface and a repeat of his third to Next Mover should be enough to win this. Court Drinking should have fitness on his side after a fair fourth to Call To Arms last month, whilst newcomer Magic Omen represents a strong yard and the market should help guide to his chance today. He was resold for $250,000 so has quite a bit of winning to do, although he may need more time and distance judging by his pedigree. Asterrlini is open to more improvement after just one start in a good Newmarket maiden, Tislimeen is dropped in grade having contested a Listed race when last seen in October, whilst Army Of Stars shaped with some promise at Wolverhampton in January. An interesting race, which can go the way of Mawaddah.
Army of Stars (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Behind, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on no chance with winner, 5th of 7, 10l behind Sternlight (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan.
Givenn 66-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, in rear well over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 8, 18l behind Call To Arms (8-9) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Savanna's Gold 100-1 (8-1) Slowly away, behind, headway on outer to chase leaders over 6f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, 50l behind Whodunit (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Court Drinking (USA) 14-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up and keen, chased leaders on outer approaching 4f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 12l behind Call To Arms (8-9) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Magic Omen (USA) Mr Greeley colt out of Constant Touch.
Mawaddah (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no impression when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Next Move (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov.
Southern Cape (IRE) Cape Cross gelding out of Pietra Dura.
Asterrlini (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 12l behind Wigmore Hall (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Sep.
Tislimeen 33-1 (8-12) In touch, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 29l behind Electric Feel (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo lst fll (1) sft in Oct.