Ruth Carr trained last year's winner and has strong claims of landing this renewal. Mutafaakir won at Leicester before going close once again at Doncaster last week. He should be in the mix, but stablemate HADAJ is just preferred. The latter is dropped in class after a good effort in Class 2 company at Newmarket and Kevin Stott's 5lb claim further helps his cause. Angus Og is best over 5f but Green Howard has a chance on his narrow-margin defeat in the Ayr Bronze Cup. Ambitious Icarus showed progressive form last season and the handicapper may not have got hold of him just yet while Willbeme went close over 5f here on her reappearance.
Head Space (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, not much room against stands side rail from 3f out until 2f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 12l behind My Name Is Rio (8-10) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Hadaj 12-1 (8-3) Raced centre, prominent, ridden 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ran on, 5th of 21, 1 1/2l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Green Howard 7-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, 4th and one pace over 1f out, 4th of 9, 6l behind Kimberella (9-6) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Angus Og 6-1 (9-2) Slight bump start, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Go Nani Go (9-6) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Mutafaakir (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Prominent, led well over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Right Touch (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Avon Breeze 8-1 (9-0) In touch, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 14l behind Arctic Feeling (8-10) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Ambitious Icarus 6-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, hd behind Rusty Rocket (9-6) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Angelito 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, ridden well over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Fat Gary (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Another Citizen (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 14l behind Head Space (9-11) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Teetotal (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, driven to challenge well over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 15, 4l behind My Name Is Rio (8-13) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Willbeme 9-2 (8-13) Chased leader, pushed along halfway, led inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 10, shd behind Ruby's Day (8-13) at Ripon 5f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Adam's Ale 5-1 (8-11) Chased winner, ridden and no impression over 1f out, dropped to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Kimberella (9-6) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.