Last year's winner Osteopathic Remedy is much higher in the weights this time around and as a result will do well to confirm running with third-placed Balcarce Nov. The latter went close in a Listed race at Doncaster on his recent reappearance and can figure along with the progressive Snow Bay. Dandy Nicholls' charge was completing a hat-trick when scoring at Ripon a fortnight ago and may not have finished improving yet, while Hacienda ran better than his finishing position suggests at Sandown last Saturday. However, JUSTONEFORTHEROAD finished a creditable fourth in the Spring Mile at Doncaster on his return, coming home first of the group that contested the race on the far side. Richard Fahey's charge is taken to get the better of Oriental Scot once again and land this competitive handicap.
Balcarce Nov (ARG) 20-1 (8-12) Slightly awkward start, held up in 5th, closed over 3f out, not much room soon after and switched to inside rail, not clear run from over 1f out until inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind St Moritz (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed stks (1) gf.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 18-1 (9-4) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Flipando (9-1) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Kiwi Bay 40-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear far side group, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 14th of 21, 17l behind Sweet Lightning (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd.
Space War 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 10l behind Nasri (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Snow Bay 11-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 6f out, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Suits Me (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 20 ran.
Our Joe Mac (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division stands side group, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 21, 15l behind Sweet Lightning (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd.
Hacienda (IRE) 7-1fav (8-12) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division headway on outside inside final 2f,, 6th of 15, 3l behind Wannabe King (9-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Dream Lodge (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Chased leaders stands side group, weakened over 3f out, 17th of 21, 19l behind Sweet Lightning (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd.
Justonefortheroad 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear far side group, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, led far side group 1f out, kept on, no impression with stands side group, 4th of 22, 7l behind Eton Forever (9-7) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) gd.
Oriental Scot 16-1 (9-5) In rear far side group and keen, ridden over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 7th of 22, 10l behind Eton Forever (9-7) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) gd.
Oratory (IRE) 4-1fav (9-6) Behind, some late headway, never nearer, 8th of 13, 10l behind Joseph Henry (9-2) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Pendragon (USA) 80-1 (8-9) In touch far side, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 8th of 35, 5l behind Credit Swap (8-7) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Charlie Cool 22-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, lost place over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, well held over 1f out, 11th of 12, 15l behind Arlequin (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 13, 5l behind Joseph Henry (9-2) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 6-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 11th of 20, 9l behind Snow Bay (9-4) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Collateral Damage (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, under pressure halfway, soon no impression, 7th of 13, 7l behind Joseph Henry (9-2) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.