Musnad is sure to be popular on his return to action as he was a decent fifth in a hot Doncaster maiden on his debut and followed that up with a fourth over a mile at Newmarket. Today's better ground will aid his cause but the drop in distance is a slight concern and, on that account, we prefer ANOINT. William Haggas' son of Pivotal stayed on strongly when second on his debut at Doncaster in November after showing signs of inexperience. The first and third have both franked the form since and he is fancied to open his account today. Dark Isle found only Sylvestris too good over C&D last month and should make the frame again but Luca Cumani's four-year-old Media Hype will probably do better when tackling handicaps later in the year.
Media Hype 80-1 (10-0) Behind, some headway on inside over 1f out, never a factor, 10th of 14, 9l behind Sure Route (8-9) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Ellielusive (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden and weakened quickly over 2f out, last of 8, 32l behind Wrekin Sunset (9-0) at Haydock 1m fll mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Anoint 9-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Seal Rock (9-3) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Nov.
Another For Joe 66-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 8l behind Eternal Ruler (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Dark Isle 9-1 (9-3) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, ridden and one pace when edged left inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Sylvestris (8-12) at Warwick 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Dunseverick (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, one pace final 2f, went well, held 5th close home, 5th of 12, 14l behind Dream Achieved (9-0) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Hertford Street 80-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, some headway 3f out, no impression final 2f, 9th of 12, 20l behind Dream Achieved (9-0) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Musnad (USA) 4-1 (9-0) In touch, switched right over 1f out, challenged winner 1f out, not quicken near finish, 4th of 15, 2l behind Auden (9-0) at Newmarket 1m mdn stks (4) sft in Sep.
Coupland Lass (IRE) Chineur filly out of Negria.
Heart Felt 25-1 (8-5) Chased leader until ran wide on bend over 3f out, chased leaders, hard ridden 2f out, soon hung left and weakened, 9th of 14, 10l behind Beach Babe (9-5) at Warwick 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Polly Mcginty 100-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, lost place oevr 2f out, 14th of 16, 19l behind Hezmah (9-0) at Newbury 7f mdn fll stks (4) gf in Apr.
Vizean (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Dwelt, always towards rear, never dangerous, 13th of 15, 35l behind Male Model (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.