Declan Carroll landed a nice touch with Whozthecat in this last year, so any strong support for his Newcastle nursery winner Watts Up Son should be noted. Recent Polytrack winner Sacrosanctus makes more appeal than stablemates Even Stevens and Boundless Spirit, while David Allan's presence on Berberana suggests she has the best chance of Tim Easterby's trio. Richard Fahey also runs three and Above The Stars makes most appeal of those on her first start since winning on her debut at Beverley a year ago. Barbieri finished a close-up fifth in a Listed race at Newmarket in October and can figure, but BALLISTA's excellent third in Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy earns Tom Dascombe's speedy gelding the vote.
Cocktail Charlie 4-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and one pace final 2f, 4th of 7, 4l behind Bathwick Bear (9-2) at Ripon 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Aug.
Ballista (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Led, headed halfway, soon under pressure and weakened, virtually pulled up, last of 7, well behind Katla (8-10) at York 6f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Oct.
Barbieri (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Held up in rear in touch, switched right 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 5th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Sweet Cecily (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gs in Oct.
Even Stevens 9-4 (9-2) Made most, clear over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, comfortable, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar beating Oneladyowner (9-4) by 9l, 6 ran.
Jamesway (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, switched right over 2f out to race stands side rail, never dangerous, 12th of 22, 13l behind Ladies Are Forever (7-12) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gs in Oct.
El Viento (FR) 3-1fav (9-2) Outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead last strides, all out, won at Catterick 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Oct beating Diamond Vine (9-2) by shd, 11 ran.
Sacrosanctus 10-1 (9-1) Ridden leaving stalls, made all, ridden over 1f out, clear well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Feb beating Restless Bay (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Above The Stars 3-1fav (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, held on well towards finish, won at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Apr '10 beating Whisper Louise (8-6) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Boundaries 8-1 (9-0) Slight lead until halfway, hung left and weakened from 2f out, 9th of 14, 29l behind Indian Ballad (8-12) at York 6f 2yo hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Berberana (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, progress over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, driven out, won at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct beating Black Annis Bower (8-7) by 1l, 7 ran.
Boundless Spirit 33-1 (8-12) Led, pushed along and headed 2f out, not much room and badly hampered over 1f out, not recover, soon eased, last of 12, 25l behind Alben Star (9-0) at Ayr 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Indieslad 5-6fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep beating Pantella (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Flash City (ITY) 5-2 (9-3) Led until over 4f out, chased winner, no impression when edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace and dropped to 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Even Stevens (7-7) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Magnini (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Soon led, made rest, ridden over 1f out, soon hung left, kept on well, won at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gs in Oct beating Its You Again (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Watts Up Son 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 31l behind Indian Ballad (8-12) at York 6f 2yo hcp (3) gs in Oct.
On The High Tops (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 5l behind El Viento (9-2) at Catterick 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Oct.