A competitive opener in which we give to vote to HOBSON to defy his six pound penalty with both Annes Rocket and Imperium worth noting. The selection won well at Yarmouth last week and connections are keen to get another run into him before the handicapper gets a chance to reassess his rating. Therefore he comes into the race a potentially well treated horse and for that reason he is difficult to oppose. Annes Rocket runs off the same mark as he did when catching the eye at Brighton last time out. He was only beaten a head into second place that day and if recapturing that form he ought to go close once again. Imperium has been running well in defeat of late but the handicapper looks to have him where he wants him at present. He always tries his best so can never be dismissed, therefore he should be monitored in the market for any support. However for the winner we return to Hobson.
Hobson 8-1 (8-10) Made all, hard ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr beating Gracie's Gift (8-7) by 2l, 11 ran.
Imperium 12-1 (9-6) Switched right start, held up in rear, still plenty to do over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, finished well to take 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Prince Charlemagne (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Wavertree Warrior (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Steadied start, soon switched left, held up in rear, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 6l behind Solent Ridge (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Flying Bantam (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, kept on from over 1f out, 6th of 20, 9l behind El Dececy (9-5) at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) fm in Apr.
Kickahead (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Behind, headway from 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 6l behind Landucci (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Just Jimmy (IRE) 7-1fav (8-13) In touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, held when hampered on rail 1f out, 7th of 13, 4l behind My Flame (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp (6) gf in Apr.
Seasonal Cross 10-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden well over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 12, 6l behind Suhayl Star (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) std in Apr.
Al Rayanah 20-1 (8-12) Dwelt, held up, always behind, last of 13, 43l behind She's So Pretty (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Inka Dancer (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Soon chasing leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Jord (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Jay Gee Wigmo 25-1 (8-5) Soon steadied towards rear, slightly hampered and carried wide by loose horse over 4f out, no impression after, 7th of 8, 10l behind Cinerama (8-7) at Bath 1m 3yo app hcp (5) gf in Sep.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up mid-division, headway and edged left over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 13, hd behind My Flame (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp (6) gf in Apr.
Ryan's Rock 50-1 (8-6) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 7l behind La Columbina (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Aug.
Reve Vert (FR) 5-2fav (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon hung right and weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Charming Escort (9-2) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Never Sold Out (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Behind, making headway under pressure when hampered inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 13, 1 1/2l behind My Flame (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp (6) gf in Apr.
Plaka (FR) 12-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden to lead 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, weakened, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Djalalabad (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Lancaster Lad (IRE) 15-2 (8-7) Steadied start, soon switched left, pulled hard in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 7l behind Alfredtheordinary (9-0) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Interchoice Star 15-2 (8-3) Took keen hold, in touch on outside, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind My Flame (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp (6) gf in Apr.