Ballinderry Boy developed into a decent stayer last year but this looks plenty short enough on his reappearance off a 7lb higher mark, though Oisin Murphy's claim should aid his cause. CafeSociety has to go on the short-list after an unlucky run when sixth at Newmarket. He may still be on an upward curve and makes more appeal than stablemate Modernism, who does most of his winning on the all-weather, and the frustrating Nicholascopernicus. We'll take a chance on KUDA HURAA, who has been hurdling but is no slouch on the Flat and only a pound higher than when just touched off over 1m4f at Epsom early last season.
Ballinderry Boy 11-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, joined over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Sohar (9-4) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Nov.
Nicholascopernicus (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 40l behind Whiplash Willie (9-10) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Golden Bowl (FR) 40-1 (9-6) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 16th of 17, well behind Suegioo (9-4) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gd.
Cafe Society 5-1fav (9-1) Dwelt in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 14, 7l behind Mighty Yar (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Modernism 6-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 11l behind Blue Wave (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Uramazin (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Taken to post early, dwelt in rear, ridden halfway, outpaced 4f out, last of 8, 47l behind Soviet Rock (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Kuda Huraa (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 19l behind Swinging Hawk (8-0) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May '13.
Commissar 16-1 (8-10) Raced wide mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 8l behind Viewpoint (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Jakey (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Close up, headway to chase leader 3f out, soon edged left, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 10l behind Beacon Lady (8-9) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.