Despite finishing behind Bathwick Bear at Ripon last August, Chilworth Lad would have a chance in this on his best form. Acclamazing and Sacrosanctus have both been enjoying themselves on the all-weather while Indian Ballad won four times in his first season and may still be well handicapped. Remotelinx had decent form in the early part of last season but Richard Hannon may hold the key to this via Cape To Rio and the consistent AVONMORE STAR. Preference is for the latter, who came to hand early last year and may enjoy the relatively fast surface more than his stablemate.
Bathwick Bear (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, hard driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 14l behind Dubawi Gold (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Cape To Rio (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Led, driven and strongly challenged over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, faded, 4th of 8, 4l behind Earl Of Leitrim (9-1) at Doncaster 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Oct.
Chilworth Lad 40-1 (8-3) Slowly into stride, soon close up, ridden 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 21, 6l behind Wootton Bassett (8-9) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Sep.
Waltz Darling (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) With leader, ridden and lost place over 2f out, last of 6, 22l behind Saamidd (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Avonmore Star 5-1 (9-7) Not much room leaving stalls, held up, pushed along over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, never able to get on terms, 5th of 7, 2l behind Phoebs (8-12) at Windsor 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Acclamazing (IRE) 8-15fav (9-6) Dwelt, tracked leading duo, quickened to challenge on inside approaching final furlong, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Sadafiya (9-7) by 1l, 4 ran.
Remotelinx (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort when hung right from 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 9l behind Krypton Factor (9-0) at Sandown 5f 2yo stks (3) gd in Sep.
Indian Ballad (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up off the pace, headway over 2f out, chasing leaders when switched left over 1f out, ran on under pressure to lead post, won at York 6f 2yo hcp (3) gs in Oct beating Breezolini (8-1) by ns, 14 ran.
Sacrosanctus 12-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, hampered halfway, soon driven and beaten, 10th of 16, 8l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Diamond Charlie (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Held up in rear, took keen hold, closed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon beaten, 7th of 8, 8l behind Sacrosanctus (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Feb.