An incredibly tight handicap with only 4lb separating the 14 runners. Ezdeyaad and Dhaular Dhar have the form to figure but also have wide draws to contend with, while Zomerlust and Glenridding have solid claims but are making their seasonal debuts. However, BOWMAKER returned to action in February when dead-heating with Ocean Legend over 7f at Kempton and with scope for further improvement Mark Johnston's charge gets the nod. Stablemate Hacienda proved to be inconsistent last season, while prolific Fibresand winner Steed is prone to slow starts which won't help his cause here. Joseph Henry finished fourth in this last year and has place claims, as does Collateral Damage.
Hacienda (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Went left start, in touch, ridden and weakened entering final 2f, 14th of 15, 15l behind Dance And Dance (9-10) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Ezdeyaad (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead just inside final furlong, headed and lost three place near finish, 4th of 12, 3/4l behind Night Lily (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Oratory (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression final furlong, 6th of 16, 6l behind Psychic Ability (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Celtic Sultan (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Led and raced keen, soon clear until over 1f out, soon ridden and headed, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Docofthebay (9-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
San Cassiano (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 18, 17l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-2) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Ancient Cross 10-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway and edged left 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 21, 2 3/4l behind Mac's Power (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden and some headway 2f out, no impression after, 6th of 12, 5l behind Amethyst Dawn (8-9) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Oct.
Steed 11-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, last of 14, 24l behind Drombeg Dawn (8-13) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) sft in Mar.
Collateral Damage (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Docofthebay (9-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Zomerlust 50-1 (8-8) Raced centre tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 19th of 30, 7l behind Docofthebay (8-12) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
The Osteopath (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 7th of 11, 5l behind Docofthebay (9-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Joseph Henry 14-1 (8-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 20th of 21, 14l behind Mac's Power (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Glenridding 11-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 8l behind Lowther (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Bowmaker 11-2 (9-5) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, rallied to join leader on line, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb deadheating with Ocean Legend (9-2), 8 ran.