Da 'Quonde ended last season on the up with victories in testing ground at Chester and Nottingham. But she's 8lb higher on her reappearance and preference goes to AETNA. The latter ran well in the Catterick Dash off today's mark in October with Singeur and Angus Og behind and scored over track and trip earlier in the year. Jamaican Bolt is hard to keep right but capable at this level and Bear Behind usually gives of his best but is hard to win with. Fast Shot has a second in the Ayr Silver Cup to recommend him and it was soft ground when Rusty Rocket scored off a 2lb lower mark at Nottingham in November.
Bear Behind (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, hard driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased final furlong, 13th of 16, 10l behind Demora (8-11) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Raced stand side close up, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 19, 2 3/4l behind Dungannon (8-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Fast Shot 16-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 21, 3 1/2l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Singeur (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Even Stevens (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Oct.
Da'quonde (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Pressed leader, led over 1f out, ridden out final furlong, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct beating Even Stevens (9-6) by 1l, 12 ran.
Aetna 5-2fav (8-7) Bumped start chased leaders after 1f, ridden and headway over 1f out, driven and stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Even Stevens (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Oct.
Another Wise Kid (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon not much room, kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 5l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Rusty Rocket (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 16l behind Even Stevens (8-8) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Jan.
Angus Og 22-1 (8-0) Prominent, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Even Stevens (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Oct.
Bond Fastrac 20-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 8l behind Sam Nombulist (9-3) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov '12.
Lastchancelucas 33-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 17th of 18, 16l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.