Brian Ellison's horses are running well so AL FREEJ, a winner over a mile at Lingfield and then just failing to catch School Fees over 6f at Doncaster last week, can gain her first success on Turf. Sardanapalus won a course and distance handicap in September and will be better for his reappearance at Catterick while another winner over the track and trip, Snow Bay, has slipped to a fair mark and also went well at Catterick. Shamrocked didn't take to hurdles over the winter but has won twice over this trip and should be respected along with Aerodynamic, whose last victory was from a mark just 1lb lower.
Aerodynamic (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 10l behind Music In The Rain (9-1) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Sardanapalus 3-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 9l behind Sandy Lane (9-0) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Snow Bay 8-1 (9-2) Led, clear over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Steel Stockholder (9-7) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Al Freej (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) In rear, headway approaching final furlong, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind School Fees (9-7) at Doncaster 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gd.
Shamrocked (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden inside final 2f, kept on under pressure final furlong, never near leaders, 4th of 12, 9l behind Piceno (8-11) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Illustrious Prince (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Led, headed over 6f out, prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 11l behind Admiralty (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Mutafaakir (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Close up, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong until close home, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Steel Stockholder (9-7) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Mujaadel (USA) 10-3fav (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 9, 5l behind Steel Stockholder (9-7) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Orwellian 6-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 17l behind M J Woodward (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Windygoul Lad 9-2fav (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, kept on, just held for 2nd place, 3rd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Prince James (8-11) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Nov.