Aura Bora, Major Buckley and Solarmaite have experience of the track but not very happy one's as they were all beaten out of sight. A chance is taken that EXCELLENT PUCK handles the surface as he has the best form on Polytrack with a close-up second at Wolverhampton last week to his credit. Jamie Osborne's colt is preferred to He's A Striker, who is fitted with first-time blinkers after a poor effort last time and headgear is also applied to Burgoyne after a modest debut at Kempton. Winter Music returns from a lay-off and is worth a second glance in the betting.
Aura Bora (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Raced wide held up, ridden halfway, weakened 3f out, 6th of 10, 28l behind Aryal (8-8) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs.
Major Buckley (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Swerved badly right start and lost all chance, tailed off until kept on final furlong, 6th of 9, 18l behind Snooky (9-3) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Solarmaite 25-1 (9-4) Slowly away in rear, headway halfway, soon ridden, kept on, never a factor, 5th of 10, 19l behind Aryal (8-8) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs.
Burgoyne (USA) 33-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 10l behind Debdebdeb (8-4) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Excellent Puck (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Always prominent, led over 1f out, soon hard ridden, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Premium (8-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Harbour Captain (IRE) Captain Rio gelding out of English Harbour.
He's A Striker (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Keen led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 4, 14l behind Majeed (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Winter Music (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Raced far side, behind, headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 14th of 17, 12l behind Snow King (9-3) at Ascot 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.