Tight Lipped went close at Yarmouth last week and would have been the selection if he hadn't been drawn out with the washing. He can still figure, but a chance is taken on the returning SNOOKY. He opened his account at Southwell in November and can make a winning handicap debut. Thirsk winner Dolphin Rock can get involved and Talent Scout has a shout having won over track and trip when landing a double in September. Hayek looks high enough in the weights on his comeback, but Buzz Law has slipped down to a tempting mark if at his best.
Hayek 11-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 6l behind Nameitwhatyoulike (9-3) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Tight Lipped (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Tracked winner, ridden to challenge over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Azrael (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Dolphin Rock 14-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 4l behind Desert Creek (8-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Merchant Of Medici 16-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway when switched right inside final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Shadowtime (8-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Piceno (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Chased clear winner until over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Ace Master (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Pivotman 11-2 (9-5) Led 3f, presssed leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, tailed off and eased over 1f out, last of 12, well behind Aldwick Bay (9-9) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Brigadoon 12-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, never nearer, 5th of 10, 5l behind Goldstorm (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Talent Scout (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) With leader, lost place over 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 11th of 13, 29l behind Conry (9-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Cufflink 40-1 (8-9) Towards rear, weakened 3f out, last of 11, 40l behind Eastern Destiny (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Elspeth's Boy (USA) 25-1 (8-10) Always behind, never on terms, 8th of 10, 7l behind Scottish Star (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Crown Choice 25-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 23l behind Gouray Girl (9-2) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Snooky 5-4fav (9-3) In rear, headway to track leaders halfway, ridden over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov beating Frederickthegreat (9-3) by 2l, 9 ran.
Buzz Law (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, headway and switched right over 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Speedi Mouse (8-13) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Falcon's Reign (FR) 5-1 (8-8) In rear and in touch, ridden over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 4, 10l behind Only Orsenfoolsies (8-13) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
King Of Paradise (IRE) 10-1 (8-0) Raced keenly in touch, lost place over 2f out, soon behind, 12th of 15, 9l behind Ginger Jack (9-3) at Redcar 1m hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Blue Maisey 33-1 (8-5) Held up in touch, went 2nd before 5f out, ridden and weakened before 1f out, 4th of 7, 21l behind Dewala (9-6) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.