Michael Dods has won this twice in recent years so seven-times winner Kiwi Bay is one to note from his lowly spot in the handicap. Mark Johnston has two runners with an apprentice on board the reappearing Staffhoss and Joe Fanning on the once-raced Southwell winner CLOVERDALE. The latter hasn't exactly been done any favours by the assessor but looked a very scopey type in her first start amd can make enough progress to take this better race. Knight Owl ended the last campaign winning minor handicaps at Nottingham and Leicester. There should be more to come from the son of Rock Of Gibraltar and he'll prove a threat. Nurpur was in fine form with a double last summer, though both victories were on very fast ground. Capaill Liath landed a strong handicap at Ayr last summer and scored twice on Polytrack later so it's a surprise to find him racing from a 9lb lower mark and he looks a threat.
Nurpur (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Raced far side, always behind, 7th of 11, 12l behind Zurigha (8-10) at Newmarket 1m fll lst stks (1) gf in Sep.
Cloverdale 3-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden clear final furlong, comfortable, won at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar beating Molly Ahoy (8-8) by 5l, 6 ran.
No Poppy (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, switched left over 2f out, no headway, 16th of 19, 9l behind Graphic (9-5) at York 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Fort Belvedere 8-1 (9-7) Soon led, pushed along and headed over 3f out, soon in rear, eased over 1f out, last of 6, 42l behind Gogeo (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Lazarus Bell 14-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pressed winner over 3f out, ridden and weakened entering final 2f, edged left approaching final furlong, 9th of 10, 15l behind Silverware (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Al Muheer (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Missed break and awkwardly away, in rear, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 6l behind Capaill Liath (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Justonefortheroad 13-2 (9-3) Always towards rear, 10th of 18, 10l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Snow Bay 66-1 (8-13) Tracked leader until ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 20l behind Firmdecisions (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Knight Owl 8-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep beating Soaring Spirits (9-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Staffhoss 11-2 (9-4) Chased leader, ridden halfway, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Teophilip (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb '13.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 18, 1 3/4l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Save The Bees 6-1 (8-10) Led 2f, chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, 6th of 10, 14l behind Totalize (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Fazza 16-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, one pace over 1f out, 6th of 10, 8l behind Hefner (9-8) at Doncaster 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Destiny Blue (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Slow into stride always in rear, last of 10, 23l behind Silverware (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Spavento (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 3f out, no impression when not much room over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Ted's Brother (9-1) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Kiwi Bay 18-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 21, 7l behind Four Winds (9-5) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.