None of these inspire much confidence and as such EYEDORO gets only a tentative vote. He was still beaten six lengths despite finishing third over C&D on his return from a two month lay-off, but his stable has hit top form recently and he gets another chance. Bravestofthebrave ran a shocker in the same race as the selection last time having been beaten only a short-head at this track before that. He gets first-time blinkers today as a result, while Frosty Friday has been placed over a mile at this track and could surprise both of the above if lasting home. National Hunt winner Candelita has her first start on the level, though a well beaten debut in a bumper on this surface gives her something to prove.
Bellapais Abbey (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced 4f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, no impression, 5th of 15, 17l behind Kaysersberg (10-11) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Knockavardagh Boy (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Led, mistakes 3rd and 4th, headed after next, weakened 5 out, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Fly Town (10-2) at Fakenham 2m mdn chs (5) sft, 6 ran.
Bravestofthebrave (USA) 8-13fav (9-3) Pushed along in rear, headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 4th of 6, 18l behind Chabada (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Eight Keys 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind Cool George (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) sft.
Eyedoro (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Chabada (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Candelita 5-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 5th, soon went 2nd, every chance 2 out, no extra flat, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Phoenix Flight (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Frosty Friday 9-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and disputed 2nd from 2f out, chased winner well inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Perfect Mission (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Las Hilanderas (USA) El Prado filly out of Lilium.