VETVEY looks the safest option in a wide-open contest. He scored at Newcastle last Wednesday and the fact he was eased in the closing stages suggests Mark Johnston's charge can defy a 6lb penalty in this higher grade. Beaten by the narrowest of margins at Ayr in October, Sabratha is preferred to stable companion Country Waltz while Eilean Mor has claims on his second at this track earlier this month. Ventura Sands should be capable of better in time as should Iceblast, but Dolly Parton will need to step up on her recent efforts in plating company to figure.
Iceblast 4-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, soon pushed along, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 11l behind Youhavecontrol (9-0) at Thirsk 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd.
Dolly Parton (IRE) 9-4 (8-0) Chased leaders on outer, ridden over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Frequency (10-0) at Redcar 6f All clm stks (6) fm.
Sabratha (IRE) 11-2 (8-9) Held up behind, headway over 3f out, chased leader over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, headed close home, 2nd of 6, ns behind Fine Threads (8-12) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Oct.
Ventura Sands (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up behind, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 8l behind City Legend (9-6) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Eilean Mor 8-1 (9-2) Led, hard ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 8l behind Lady Gar Gar (9-2) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Country Waltz 12-1 (7-5) Dwelt, took keen hold, held up, outpaced and beaten over 2f out, last of 7, 8l behind Jack Smudge (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Oct.
Vetvey (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Made all and raced against stands rail, ridden clear 1f out, eased towards finish, won at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Downtown Boy (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Jambo Bibi (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Reluctant to load stalls, soon steadied in touch, headway over 2f out, bumped well over 1f out, edged left over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Silly Billy (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Coracle 33-1 (8-5) Mainly towards rear, ridden on inside over 4f out, never a factor, 11th of 12, 29l behind Franciscan (9-0) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.