Daymar Bay was impressive in the way he strode clear of his rivals on his debut on the Polytrack at Lingfield. He should handle the switch to turf and is narrowly preferred to the other previous winner Shuil Royale, who was all out to hold off Cresswell Crusader at Warwick. Traditional Bob hasn't run since finishing second at Stratford last May and there are several newcomers in this with a lot more scope. They include Sleepy, who is related to several winners in France, and the Flat-bred Tiagra. But the one to be on may be ST BLAZEY who, as a full brother to Paul Nicholls' classy jumper Thisthatandtother, should be proficient in this sphere and is the choice of Nick Schofield ahead of stablemate Mousenikov.
Daymar Bay (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway to track leader over 4f out, led on bit 3f out, cruised clear over 1f out, very easily, won at Lingfield 2m n h flat (5) sft in Nov beating Management (11-4) by 7l, 11 ran.
Shuil Royale (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Always prominent, effort over 2f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec beating Cresswell Crusader (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.
Mousenikov Baryshnikov gelding out of Mousiemay.
Praefectus (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) In tch, v keen, prog to ldrs 4out, rdn & still cl up when fell 3out, in a race won by Nutin Fancy (11-7) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Quix 33-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost place, kept on same pace, 8th of 14, 12l behind Knight Pass (11-12) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Sleepy (FR) Sleeping Car gelding out of Haida Iv.
St Blazey (IRE) Bob Back gelding out of Baden.
Traditional Bob (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 7f out, not much room briefly on inside 3f out, stayed on to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Poungach (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Zagova (IRE) Zagreb gelding out of Move Over Lucy.
Champagne Rosie 33-1 (10-5) Mid-division, plugged on one pace final 2f, 5th of 14, 24l behind Glitzy D'ocala (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Flyit Flora Alflora mare out of Be My Valentine.
Gypsy Moth (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Green in rear, headway on outside halfway, chased leaders over 6f out, one pace final 2f, 7th of 14, 28l behind Glitzy D'ocala (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Colonial Harry 25-1 (10-0) Never better than mid-division, struggling 5f out, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Glitzy D'ocala (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Fergall (IRE) Norwich gelding out of Gaybrook Girl.
Greywell Boy Fair Mix gelding out of Rakajack.
Revani 100-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 16, 19l behind Keys (11-2) at Cheltenham 1m 6f 4yo NH flat (Listed) (1) gs in Jan.
Tiagra Tiger Hill gelding out of Shifting Mist.