This won't take much winning and course and distance winners Lucky Lukey, Inside Knowledge and Peqeno Diablo have to go on the short-list, though the former is appearing for the first time in almost 12 months. Flowerbud has a similar absence to overcome and Farmers Cross has been off the track even longer while this looks too short for Jasper Massini and Barton Heather. RUBY VALENTINE also stays further and is little better than a plater nowadays but she did win a race last season and should give a good account in this off her current mark.
Lucky Lukey 13-2 (10-11) Held up in touch, not fluent 4th, went 2nd before last, every chance flat, held close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind My Lad Percy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May '13.
I'm A Rocker (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden and no impression after 6th, 11th of 13, 39l behind Germany Calling (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gd.
Jasper Massini (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Held up behind, ridden before 3 out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 46l behind Nexius (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Barton Heather 10-1 (10-7) Tracked winner until pushed along after 7th, weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 5, 22l behind Fairytale Theatre (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Inside Knowledge (USA) 9-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, stayed on strongly from last, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 16, 1/2l behind Exit To Freedom (9-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f (5) gs in Apr.
Farmers Cross (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, took keen hold, well beaten after 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Anna's Arch (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov '12.
Agent Louise 25-1 (11-4) Behind, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Rayadour (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr, 17 ran.
Flowerbud 7-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 8th, left in lead next, headed 3 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 8, 30l behind Mount Welcome (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Jun.
Ruby Valentine (FR) 12-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear on outside, jumped slowly 7th, soon weakened, 8th of 10, well behind Polo Springs (9-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Peqeno Diablo (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Prominent, not fluent 7th, still close 3rd when mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Rocky Stone (11-11) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr, 10 ran.