Nothing to inspire much confidence in this opener though Tim Easterby's yard is showing signs of a return to form and ART DZEKO is the tentative selection. His third at Haydock in June is just about the best piece of form on offer and he should go well on his handicap bow. Menelik went backwards last season after a fair debut at Newmarket and may do better here while Trending and Bitter Lemon have slipped down the weights this year and should be thereabouts. Maria Montez went close at a big price over C&D last month only to disappoint when sent off joint-favourite at Lingfield last time.
Menelik (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Always behind, 13th of 16, 18l behind Gregorian (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Kathleensluckylad (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 12, 10l behind Decision By One (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Art Dzeko 18-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Barolo Top (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jun.
Maria Montez 11-4fav (9-3) Steadied in rear, outpaced halfway, soon no impression, 4th of 5, 3l behind Persidha (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Strike A Pose (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 3 1/2l behind Persidha (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Bitter Lemon 25-1 (9-2) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, no impression when edged left inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind J J Leary (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Trending (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway 2f out, bumped over 1f out, held when not much room close home, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Johnny Cavagin (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Hawaiian Freeze 20-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, in touch, pushed along halfway, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Fanrouge (9-6) at Bath 5f 2yo hcp (5) fm in Jul.
My Name Is Sam 7-2 (8-8) Chased leaders, soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 7, 9l behind George Fenton (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Phebes Wish (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 15th of 18, 33l behind Takar (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn sft in Nov.
First Rebellion 3-1 (8-4) Led 1f, tracked leader, slightly short of room over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Marie's Fantasy (9-2) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Jeremy Sue 50-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, in touch over 3f out, ridden halfway, effort over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Chateau Lola (8-5) at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Mar.