Moon Indigo had a few well-regarded novices behind when fourth to Court In Motion in a Grade 2 at Warwick last month. Taken literally, that form would probably be good enough here but Howard Johnson's five-year-old hasn't much in the way of pace and that may be a disadvantage on this sharp track. SKINT gets the vote, therefore, having shown plenty of dash behind the well-backed Ski Sunday over shorter in a handicap at Kempton three weeks ago. Bridlingtonbygones was beaten in a couple of minor events at Sedgefield in the autumn and likely to struggle in this on that evidence, but Gentleman Jeff should stay this longer trip and can improve on his first start for Chris Grant at Catterick.
Gentleman Jeff (USA) 11-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, one pace, 4th of 15, 10l behind Danceintothelight (11-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Skint 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, every chance next, kept on same pace approaching last, ridden and no impresion with winner flat, 2nd of 16, 6l behind Ski Sunday (11-11) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Moon Indigo 11-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden when not fluent 8th, well held from 3 out, 4th of 8, 27l behind Court In Motion (11-7) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Bridlingtonbygones (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd and keen, ridden to chase winner before 2 out until approaching last, one pace, regained 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Pure Faith (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov.
Gearbox (IRE) 13-8fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and pressed leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, eased towards finish (no time taken), won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol in Jan beating New Den (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran (flat).
Wyse Hill Teabags 16-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway 4 out, effort on inside when misake and slightly hampered 2 out, staye don flat, went 3rd last strides, 3rd of 14, 22l behind King Fingal (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.