Harry Hurricane is weighted to reverse running with Leicester winner FLYBALL. But the latter fought back well having been headed at one point and he gets the vote with further progress expected for a yard that has won five of the last 10 renewals. Abscent Friends will find this tougher than the maiden contest he won at Southwell and one of the newcomers could prove a bigger threat. Of those, Portamento is related to a winner in North America and Mind Of Madness has plenty of speed in his pedigree.
Abscent Friends 4-1 (9-0) Made most, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs beating Spindle (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Flyball 2-1fav (9-5) Led until over 1f out, soon rallied, led again well inside final furlong, just held on, won at Leicester 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs beating Burtonwood (9-5) by ns, 12 ran.
Harry Hurricane 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon every chance, kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Flyball (9-5) at Leicester 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Big McIntosh (IRE) Bushranger colt out of Three Decades.
Framley Garth (IRE) Clodovil colt out of Two Marks.
Mind Of Madness (IRE) Azamour colt out of Sioduil.
Portamento (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Octave.
Ralph Mctell Tobougg gelding out of Alashaan.