HILLBILLY BOY looks flattered by his current mark but has little to beat in this and can return to winning ways. Finaz has every chance at the weights but hasn't raced since November and headgear is applied for the first time on his reappearance. Maypole Joe scored over track and trip last month and has claims on that form despite being well beaten since but the remainder have it all to do on today's terms and are easily dismissed.
Hillbilly Boy (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, edged left entering final furlong, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Hiddon Coin (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Maypole Joe (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, squeezed through and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Derwentwater (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Arabougg 100-1 (8-7) Pulled hard and hung right most of way, headway to lead over 6f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, behind and virtually pulled up final furlong, tailed off, last of 5, 45l behind Rouge Nuage (8-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Finaz 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 13l behind Gift Of Music (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Kalahari Breeze (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Always towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 9, 22l behind Holy Warrior (8-10) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan.
Lady Jean 40-1 (8-4) Dwelt raced wide towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never nearer, 5th of 9, 8l behind Sofi's Spirit (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Dec.