A winner over hurdles, Lieutenant Miller made a belated winning debut on the Flat last year but was well beaten in soft ground when attempting to follow up at Newmarket in November. There could still be more to come from him on the level and Sign Manual is another expected to improve for the longer trip, though he hasn't raced since June. Others looks more exposed including Bath winners Petaluma and Knox Overstreet, although Gilded Age is back on the same mark as when landing last year's renewal in testing ground. It was also heavy going when KLEITOMACHOS won over track and trip last summer but there may just be enough cut in the ground today for him to run his race and, with Richard Hughes taking over the reins, he can go very close off his current mark.
Kleitomachos (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 14, 31l behind Ardlui (10-0) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Nov.
Dunhoy (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, lost place after 3f, ridden and struggling 4f out, well beaten over 2f out, 9th of 10, 13l behind Thecornishcockney (9-8) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Lieutenant Miller 7-2 (9-3) Went left start in touch, headway over 2f out, soon chased leading pair, no impression, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Ardlui (10-0) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Nov.
Tuscan Gold 20-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, headway to lead approaching final 11f, ridden and joined 3f out, soon headed, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 13, 19l behind Fourth Generation (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Peachez 7-1 (9-9) Dwelt towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden and ran on, joined winner post, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov deadheating with Foster's Road (8-7), 9 ran.
Kayef (GER) 25-1 (9-8) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 7l behind All My Heart (9-3) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct '11.
Cotton King 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leading pair until steadied to 4th 12f out, ridden on outside over 3f out, soon beaten, 6th of 7, 18l behind Bolivia (9-6) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun.
Pateese (FR) 2-1fav (9-12) Held up last, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd close home, never able to challenge, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind L Frank Baum (10-0) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep '11.
Petaluma 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, hard ridden approaching final furlong, kept on well, won at Bath 2m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Queen's Star (8-9) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Sign Manual 12-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 3f out, soon ridden, edged left 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Nicholascopernicus (9-7) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Gilded Age 7-1 (9-5) Disputed lead, driven and lost place over 3f out, soon behind, 9th of 10, well behind Tijori (8-8) at Newbury 2m app hcp (5) hvy in Oct.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, switched left over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 10, 10l behind Ordensritter (9-4) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Aaman (IRE) 11-4 (9-10) Led after 2f, 5 lengths clear over 8f out, hard driven over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Blackmore (9-12) at Southwell 2m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb '12.
Knox Overstreet 4-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, some headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 15l behind Maid Of Meft (9-10) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.