Akdam beat Lindenhurst by just over three lengths when both were making their hurdling debuts at Hexham. He has a 7lb penalty to overcome here, however, though should again beat distant fourth Precision Strike. It's Only Business won five times on the Polytrack over the winter and has to be of interest but this looks a good opportunity for French import SIROP DE MENTHE to open his account. He was second at Enghien on debut before falling when favourite at Auteuil and may have too much class for these.
Akdam (IRE) 11-10fav (10-7) Led 1st, made most after, driven 3 lengths clear when not fluent last, ridden and stayed on well, flat, won at Hexham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf beating Lindenhurst (10-9) by 4l, 7 ran.
It's Only Business 4-5fav (9-3) Made all, ridden and quickened 3 lengths clear 1f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Feb beating Misleading Promise (9-5) by 4l, 3 ran (flat).
Jawinski (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Led 4f, tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, soon ridden and beaten, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 29l behind Knight's Parade (9-3) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf (flat).
Lindenhurst (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, chased leading pair 5th, went 2nd before last, soon ridden, kept on under pressure in clear 2nd flat, always held, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Akdam (10-7) at Hexham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf.
Moorway (IRE) (8-0) 98th of 13, 8l behind Kingzar (9-4) at Cagnes-sur-Mer(FR) 1m 3f 3yo hcp sft in Feb (flat).
Mr Blue Nose 100-1 (8-11) Last pair, pushed along and struggling 7f out, tailed off, 5th of 8, 25l behind Da Do Run Run (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gd in May (flat).
Precision Strike 9-2 (10-12) Held up behind in touch, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, weakened after next, tailed off, 4th of 7, 50l behind Akdam (10-7) at Hexham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf.
Refuse To Mambo 22-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, switched right over 1f out, never near leaders, 7th of 9, 15l behind Special Meaning (9-4) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May (flat).
Sirop De Menthe (FR) (10-12) in a race won by Sparkie (11-4) at Auteuil(FR) 1m 7f 3yo clm hdl in Mar, 13 ran.
Sleepy Haven (IRE) 2-1fav (8-9) Held up, headway over 8f out, went 2nd 7f out, led 3f out, headed entering final furlong, led again towards finish, stayed on, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in May beating Her Nibbs (9-5) by shd, 9 ran (flat).