This is a race where the market should be watched as Irish raider Bowmore Rock and Rose Dobbin's Pyjama Game are possible winners, especially the latter, who is likely to have more pace than most. Thurnham ran well enough behind First Rock over the C&D in November to be on the short-list but this should go to JUKEBOX MELODY. Malcolm Jefferson usually has a good bumper or two in his yard and this one looked a very promising type at Market Rasen where his stamina came into play after racing green for most of the way. With that experience under his belt he can defy a penalty.
Jukebox Melody (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Keen mid-division, headway halfway, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, driven to lead towards finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov beating Our Mick (11-6) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Beyond The Tweed And Beyond gelding out of Over The Tweed.
Bowmore Rock (IRE) Kris Kin gelding out of Forest Blade.
Dizzy River (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, chased leaders over 6f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 15, 29l behind Aikman (10-9) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.
Isla Patriot 100-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 11th of 15, well behind Aikman (10-9) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.
Jacks Grey 4-5 (12-0) Ww in mid div, keen, prog to 2nd 3out, eff to ld aftr 2out, held narrow 1l adv when fell last, in a race won by Call Box (12-0) at Kirkistown 3m ire ptp sft in Nov, 10 ran.
Knockando 9-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place 8f out, well beaten over 4f out, 9th of 15, 37l behind Master Murphy (10-9) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Over The Clyde 100-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, weakened before 5f out, 12th of 15, well behind Dark Glacier (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Pyjama Game (IRE) Hernando gelding out of Princess Claudia.
Shannagarry (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, ridden and lost place over 5f out, 11th of 12, well behind Sprinter Sacre (11-4) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr.
Thurnham 9-1 (11-2) In touch in mid-division, closed 5f out, chased winner 3f out, soon ridden, lost 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind First Rock (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Milans Danielle (IRE) 100-1 (10-6) Close up, weakened 6f out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Little Hercules (11-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec.
Think Green Montjeu mare out of Hasty Words.