Mickmacmagoole is probably not the easiest of rides for a conditional jockey and in a competitive opener on the card marginal preference is just for the Alex Hales-trained LEMON SILK, who can follow up his narrow success at Exeter last month racing off just a 5lb higher mark today. Nick Gifford's Latin America may prefer a softer surface, while Preuty Boy ran very disappointingly when last seen at Kempton in April. Anything trained by Paul Nicholls has to be respected and Sunwise is no exception after just two runs over hurdles since coming from Ireland and he makes more appeal than Jim Best's Northern Lad, who now seems too high in the weights. Doctor Foxtrot should come on for his reappearance run but needs to if he is to get the better of Lemon Silk.
Mickmacmagoole (IRE) 28-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, pushed along before 4 out, headway before last, kept on well flat, not reach leaders, 5th of 17, 5l behind Russian War (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Oct.
Latin America (IRE) 2-1fav (10-9) Chasd leading pair, went 2nd 5th, led after 3 out, headed before next, weakened soon after, well held 3rd when blundered last, 3rd of 9, 30l behind Whistlejacquet (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Wade Farm Billy (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Chased leaders in 5th, lost touch 4th, no chance after, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Cockney Trucker (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) gd in Oct.
Cathedral Rock (IRE) 20-1 (12-7) Lost tch 11; wl bhnd when pu 15, in a race won by Unowatimeen (12-7) at Horseheath 3m ptp in Feb, 13 ran.
Preuty Boy (FR) 4-1fav (11-9) Wide in touch, headway to chase leaders 4th, pushed along 6th, weakened after next, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Corker (10-8) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 50-1 (9-11) Chased leading trio, hit 2nd, weakened on long run to 4 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Escort'men (11-10) at Chepstow 2m Limited hcp hdl (2) gs in Oct.
Gold Reef 5-1 (11-11) In touch in main group, mistake 1st, pushed along and lost place after 5th, behind next, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Pokanoket (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Mar, 8 ran.
Slew Charm (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 17, 9l behind Share Option (10-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Feb.
Doctor Foxtrot (IRE) 2-1fav (10-11) Held up mid-division, pushed along approaching 7th, weakened approaching 4 out, 6th of 11, 46l behind Garton King (11-4) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Dream Catcher (SWE) 11-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on from last, 4th of 15, 8l behind Cantabilly (11-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Sunwise (USA) 7-2 (10-12) In touch in 4th, went 3rd approaching 2 out, one pace and not fluent last, no extra and lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 10, 26l behind Dare Me (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Northern Lad (IRE) Evensfav (11-12) Pulled hard, held up in last pair, good headway on outside to chase leaders before 3 out, 2nd soon after, closed and hung badly right from before 2 out, continued to hang right and weakened between last 2, 2nd of 9, 12l behind Heir To Be (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.
Maurisca (FR) 10-3fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden to chase leaders approaching 2 out, no impression when not fluent last, 4th of 13, 4l behind Lemon Silk (10-10) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Apache Chant (USA) 22-1 (10-0) In touch until weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 11, 33l behind For Non Stop (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Lemon Silk (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, headway to lead approaching 3 out, ridden approaching last, just held on, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct beating Captain Becket (10-6) by hd, 13 ran.
Santamina (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th until after 7th, one pace flat, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Jeanry (9-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.