It's a long time since OLDJOESAID got his head in front but Kevin Ryan's seven-year-old is extremely well-handicapped as a result and attracted notable market support on a couple of occasions last year in much better company. If returning anywhere near his best, Philip Makin's mount would make short work of these. Sharp Shoes has been in decent form on the all-weather but this looks too tough for him along with Northern Dare, who has been beaten in claimers recently. Mon Brav, Lesley's Choice and course specialist Highland Warrior all have decent draws and can't be discounted while Mandurah has fallen to a very attractive mark, though is probably better over 6f.
Go Go Green (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, lost place 1f out, soon ridden, not quicken final furlong, 8th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Mey Blossom (9-1) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Oldjoesaid 5-1fav (9-2) Dwelt, towards rear, ran on inside final furlong, no chance, 12th of 17, 10l behind Haajes (9-2) at York 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Ignatieff (IRE) 18-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 8l behind Rasaman (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Nadeen (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Chased leaders, progress over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Bonnie Prince Blue (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Northern Dare (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Led, ridden 2f out, joined entering final furlong, driven and kept on until headed and not quicken final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, hd behind Lastkingofscotland (9-1) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Mon Brav 25-1 (8-8) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 7l behind Divertimenti (8-12) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Lesley's Choice 4-1fav (9-7) Chased leaders, efoort halfway, every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind La Capriosa (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.
Verinco 10-1 (9-0) Chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 9th of 14, 4l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (8-10) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Highland Warrior 5-1 (8-12) Dwelt, outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on well, 2nd of 9, nk behind La Capriosa (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.
Chosen One (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 8l behind Baby Strange (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Mandurah (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, never able to challenge, 9th of 12, 7l behind Sandwith (8-7) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Sharp Shoes 4-1 (9-1) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 10l behind Apache Ridge (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Berbice (IRE) 5-1fav (9-2) Towards rear, headway 3f out, switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed final 100 yards, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Ingleby Arch (9-5) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Argentine (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Dwelt outpaced, 12th of 13, 9l behind La Capriosa (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.