Daniel Thomas beat horses of a similar rating to these in a seller at Wolverhampton last time and should be in the firing-line once again. But ENSNARE makes more appeal as he has Querido behind when third in a handicap at Kempton last month and just failed to catch the winner off a 7lb higher mark here at this time last year. It's hard to see any of the remainder getting into this in their current form but Avon Supreme made the frame at Kempton last month and Bold Ring could prove best of those returning to action.
Daniel Thomas (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Settled well in rear, switched right and headway over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Balmoral Castle (9-3) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Ensnare 8-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Rapid Water (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Bold Ring 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 9l behind Bassett Road (9-6) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Sunny Bank 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, one pace from over 2f out, 5th of 10, 7l behind Langham Lily (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (6) pol in Nov.
Big City Boy (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Chased leader over 1f, chased leaders, went 2nd again on inside 3f out until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 15l behind Downtown Boy (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Avon Supreme 10-1 (8-8) Led, headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 10l behind Total Obsession (8-9) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Alfie Joe 10-1 (8-0) Mid-division, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind True Prince (8-7) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Sep.
Querido (GER) 8-1 (8-12) Held up, took keen hold, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 4l behind Rapid Water (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Flying Kitty 66-1 (7-11) Keen soon led, ridden and headed entering final 2f, no extra inside final furlong, last of 5, 7l behind Hurricane Spirit (8-8) at Kempton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Feb.
American Kiss (SWE) 28-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, 19l behind Angelena Ballerina (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.