St Ignatius won seven times last year and is back on a winning mark for his return to the Fibresand. So is Follow That Flag, although he hasn't been at his best of late. Miami Gator has a shout but needs to reverse recent running with OUR IVOR as the latter landed a double over course and distance when defying a penalty to score by six lengths here last week. A hat-trick looks on the cards for Mike Appleby's charge in his current form and he gets the vote. River Ardeche can get involved after a couple of placed efforts here at the end of last year but may not be good enough to win.
St Ignatius 16-1 (8-5) With leader, led after 2f, headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 20l behind Reflect (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Close up, pushed along 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Discay (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Matraash (USA) 28-1 (9-2) Held up, some headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 7l behind One Scoop Or Two (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Availed Speaker (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Keen close up, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Mister Musicmaster (9-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Miami Gator (IRE) 5-2fav (8-13) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed narrowly over 2f out, pressed winner and every chance until no extra near finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Our Ivor (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
River Ardeche 4-1 (9-0) In touch, headway halfway, effort over 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Bold Marc (9-0) at Southwell 1m sell stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Mullins Way (USA) 10-1 (9-3) Held up in last trio, never involved, 11th of 12, 12l behind Breakheart (8-3) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
On The Cusp (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, 8th of 9, 18l behind Canary Wharf (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Our Ivor 4-5fav (8-12) Made all, ridden clear final furlong, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Bentley (8-5) by 6l, 10 ran.
McConnell (USA) 100-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 8l behind Mister Musicmaster (9-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.