AAMAN is taken to land the opener at the main expense of Lady Pilot and Merrion Tiger. The selection is turned out quickly after his win over this course and distance last time out when he beat Mayta Capac. Serena Brotherton is in the plate today which is a big plus and he won in such convincing fashion that it is hard to look beyond him. Lady Pilot is a course and distance winner and she ran a sound race to finish third behind Prince Charlemagne at Lingfield last time. She was a little unlucky that day as she hit the rail as she prepared to make her challenge, so she could be worth another chance. Merrion Tiger is an interesting runner as he has won three of his six starts on the all-weather and he wasn't beaten far behind Dart here last time. He is upped in trip today but that should not be a problem and he has to be respected. Bright Sparky hails from a shrewd yard who like a tilt at the ring so any market support for him could be worth noting, especially as his sole win on the flat came at this track at this time last year. An open event to get proceedings underway and the vote is given to Aaman.
Lady Pilot 33-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway on inside well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Prince Charlemagne (10-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Nawow 12-1 (9-2) Prominent, chased winner 8f out, challenged 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Dan Buoy (8-11) at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) fbs in Jan.
Global Strategy 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, led halfway, headed 5f out, ridden and weakened 3f out, 8th of 11, 27l behind William's Way (10-9) at Southwell 2m Amateur Handicap (0-65) (4yo+) (6) fbs in Jan.
Merrion Tiger (IRE) 5-2fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, led over 4f out, ridden and soon challenged from 3f out, headed over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Dart (9-4) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Front Rank (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Prominent, challenged and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Nakoma (10-1) at Newcastle 1m 4f am hcp (6) gs in Oct.
Aaman (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Close up, led 9f out, clear 2f out, eased final furlong, comfortably, won at Southwell 1m 6f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Jan beating Mayta Capac (8-11) by 16l, 13 ran.
Bright Sparky (GER) 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, driven and lost place 5f out, ridden and stayed on final 2f, never nearer, 4th of 11, 7l behind Russian Music (9-4) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Mymateeric 11-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 6f out until 5f out, stayed close up, pushed along 4f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 11, 5l behind Freedom Fire (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan.
Mountain Forest (GER) 9-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, led after 4f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind Prince Charlemagne (10-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Free Falling 40-1 (7-10) Led 4f, chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 13th of 14, 32l behind Prince Charlemagne (10-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.