Irish Heartbeat travelled like a horse way ahead of his mark when winning the Spring Mile but there are reasons for taking him on and we do so in the shape of MANASSAS, whilst Desert Creek, Mull Of Killough and Cityscape should also go well. Our selection is at his best over a mile on decent ground, as he showed when landing a handicap at the back end of last season. He may have got off lightly with just a 3lb rise and the fact that he won first time out in 2009 suggests he'll be fit for this. There are a host of dangers, headed perhaps by Desert Creek who is in the right hands to progress this season. He needs to having disappointed last time but it's too soon to be writing him off. Mull Of Killough ran well in the Lincoln on his first start of the year and has claims off the same mark although he isn't necessarily guaranteed to come on for that having gone well fresh in the past and he may find a couple too good. Irish Heartbeat is the likely favourite here representing the flying Richard Fahey. He won the Spring Mile at Doncaster on his first try at this trip and a 4lb rise might not prevent the follow-up, but our view is he'll prove better over seven as he travels so well. Cityscape looked promising as a juvenile but only made the track twice last year. He remains a horse of listed potential but carrying top weight to victory here will take some performance. Credit Swap isn't handicapped out of this and has gone well fresh so should be considered along with Extraterrestrial who is only 5lbs higher than when winning this last year. Competitive stuff but we are sweet on the chances of Manassas.
Cityscape 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 14th of 15, 24l behind Sea The Stars (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 1 3yo (1) gf in May.
Wannabe King 8-1fav (8-9) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 32, 14l behind Supaseus (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Oct.
Manassas (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, led just over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, held on gamely, won at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Sep beating Balcarce Nov (9-2) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Extraterrestrial 18-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, ridden and headway to chase leading pair 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 21, 7l behind Penitent (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Desert Creek (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Held up, headway 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 10l behind Sri Putra (9-7) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Jul.
Mull Of Killough (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway and switched right over 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 21, 6l behind Penitent (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Makaamen 10-1 (9-1) Keen, tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon hung right, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 20, 18l behind Light From Mars (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Irish Heartbeat (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Raced towards stands side, in rear, smooth headway to join leaders over 2f out, shaken up to lead 1f out, ridden and found little, just held on, won at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar beating Sohcahtoa (9-2) by hd, 19 ran.
Mahadee (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 14l behind Dunelight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol in Mar.
Big Bay (USA) 5-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, not clear run briefly over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Chapter And Verse (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Huzzah (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and hung left from 2f out, never nearer, 11th of 21, 22l behind Penitent (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Viva Vettori 16-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden headway and switched right over 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 21, 15l behind Penitent (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Credit Swap 5-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway and edged right over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished well, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Elna Bright (8-6) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Benandonner (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Held up, never a factor, 12th of 14, 6l behind Beauchamp Viceroy (9-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Oratory (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, always behind, 12th of 13, 8l behind Kyllachy Star (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Lucky Dance (BRZ) 25-1 (9-5) Raced towards stands side, tracked leaders, ridden to lead overall,over 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 19, 1l behind Irish Heartbeat (9-8) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Marajaa (IRE) 40-1 (9-8) Raced towards stands side, in rear, never a factor, 10th of 19, 12l behind Irish Heartbeat (9-8) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Pravda Street 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 15, 33l behind Aldermoor (8-4) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Oct.
Brunston 7-2fav (8-11) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and hung left well over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, onepace, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Quai D'orsay (9-4) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Qalahari (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Always in rear, 11th of 14, 5l behind Alsace Lorraine (9-13) at Goodwood 1m 1f fll hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Desert Kiss 10-1 (9-3) Raced wide, mid-division, ridden and headway approaching 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 16, 1l behind Highly Regal (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dalradian (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Keen in mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 13, 6l behind Tranquil Tiger (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar.
Happy Anniversary (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, chased winner over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Exit Smiling (9-1) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
South Cape 6-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, driven and headway on outer approaching final furlong, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct beating Kiwi Bay (9-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.