Touch The Clouds won six times in his first season but ended up back in a seller on the all-weather on his final start and has it all to do in this under top weight. Piazon is much less exposed and maybe an early-season type while Jeremy Gask has his string in fine form so Flying Bear is definitely worth a second look. Proclamationofwar won a modest maiden at Wolverhampton last month but all of these have recorded at least one victory of one sort or another. SCARBOROUGH has only won on the Fibresand so far but should handle conditions here and on a hat-trick after scoring by 10 lengths on her latest start. She's still improving and could defy a penalty, though the going will also suit De Repente and Signore Piccolo impressed at Catterick in the autumn.
Touch The Clouds 2-5fav (9-3) Led after 1f, ridden when pressed approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, driven out and stayed on to lead again, close home, won at Southwell 5f 2yo sell stks (6) fbs in Dec beating Meebo (8-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Flying Bear (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Slowly into stride, soon tracked leaders, switched towards stands side rail and headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, led narrowly towards finish, won at Ascot 5f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep beating Tableforten (8-6) by ns, 7 ran.
Piazon 5-1 (9-2) Held up tracking leaders, quick move to lead halfway, headed 2f out, outpaced and no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Legend Rising (9-5) at Chepstow 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gs in Jun.
One Boy (IRE) 80-1 (8-6) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon beaten, 13th of 23, 9l behind Ventura Mist (8-7) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf in Oct.
Proclamationofwar 4-11fav (8-10) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Dreams Of Reality (8-10) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Skye's The Limit 25-1 (8-0) Dwelt raced centre always towards rear, last of 11, 10l behind Sleepy Sioux (8-3) at Haydock 5f 2yo hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Nova Champ (IRE) 8-11fav (9-5) Made all, pulled hard, driven clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Golden Steps (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Lorimer's Lot (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 16l behind Blockade (9-7) at Catterick 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
De Repente (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, weakening when hampered entering final furlong, 9th of 10, 7l behind Hopefilly (9-3) at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Captain Whoosh (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) Hampered start, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 9l behind Primitorio (9-4) at Warwick 5f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gd in Aug.
Signore Piccolo 2-1fav (9-3) Dwelt and hampered start, soon mid-division, headway over 2f out, pushed along to lead 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Catterick 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Oct beating Goadby (8-13) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Scarborough 1-2fav (8-4) Made most, shaken up and edged left over 1f out, soon quickened clear, ridden out, comfortable, won at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Under Approval (9-0) by 10l, 5 ran.
Tinsill 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden halfway, keeping on when hampered entering final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Hopefilly (9-3) at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.