CARNAC had higher rated handicappers than these behind when scoring over 2m here last month. Alan McCabe looks to have found a good opportunity for his C&D winner to get his head back in front as he was up against it in much better comapny last time. Irish import King's Road makes his Fibresand debut on his return to action and could figure if taking to the surface while Nippy Nikki went close over 1m4f here before a below-par effort last time. Jonnie Skull has done all his winning at up to 7f and is hard to fancy over today's trip given he was nearer last than first when tried over 1m3f at this track in January.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Tracked leader until 10f out, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 7, 21l behind First Rock (8-13) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Carnac (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Rousted along from stalls to lead after 1f, headed over 9f out, led again 8f out until ridden 5f out, outpaced from over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind Shifting Gold (8-10) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
King's Road 12-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 3f out, no impression final 2f, 8th of 14, 13l behind Hot Spice (9-0) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, no extra and lost 2 places near finish, 4th of 12, 4l behind Bonnie Prince Blue (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Nippy Nikki 10-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, pushed along 8f out, outpaced 5f out, headway to chase leading pair 3f out, plugged on, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Juno The Muffinman (8-5) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Mar.
Dunaskin (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Ad Value (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.