Flow will likely improve this season but has returned a losing favourite on her last couple of outings and her yard hasn't quite got into top gear as yet. By contrast, Ruth Carr has been rattling up the winners and SAN CASSIANO is back on a winning mark. A runner-up to the well handicapped Hit The Jackpot at Musselburgh last week, he may well be up to landing this. Red Charmer also has a shout on his recent second at Pontefract while Muffin Mcleay finished runner-up in this last term though he hasn't raced since July. Las Verglas Star is not the most straightforward but good enough to go close on his day.
Muffin Mcleay (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, never involved, 8th of 9, 13l behind Love Marmalade (8-2) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Flow (USA) 11-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders, hard ridden and effort over 2f out, stayed on to challenge inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 20, hd behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Commissar 16-1 (8-10) Raced wide mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 8l behind Viewpoint (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) Held up, pushed along over 1f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 6th of 10, 6l behind Arab Spring (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Off The Pulse 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 10, 5l behind Modernism (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Amaze 7-2 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 13l behind Esteaming (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Ardmay (IRE) 10-1 (8-3) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and no impression when edged right over 1f out, 6th of 8, 5l behind Wall Of Sound (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
St Moritz (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, led 3f out until ridden 2f out, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 16, 11l behind Memory Cloth (8-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
San Cassiano (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Hit The Jackpot (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Red Charmer (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Led, pushed along 2f out, pressed and edged right briefly over 1f out, ridden and kept on until headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Ever Fortune (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp (5) gd in Apr.