Aldedash lost his way a little last year after scoring at Nottingham and, given it's hard to know what to expect from him on his comeback, the vote goes to MCCOOL BANNANAS. He finally got off the mark when scoring at this track last week and today's extra furlong is not a problem. Black Coffee is back on a winning mark if producing his best though he's becoming increasingly hard to predict and, while the recent Fibresand winner St Ignatius will handle reverting to Polytrack, he may find a 9lb rise in the weights difficult to cope with. Fibs and Flannel looks best of the remainder.
Aldedash (USA) 14-1 (8-1) Dropped out start, held up, pushed along over 4f out, well beaten final 2f, 6th of 8, 16l behind A Boy Named Suzi (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Mccool Bannanas 3-1fav (9-7) In touch, headway to chase leader over 1f out, soon led, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar beating Spin Cast (9-4) by 1l, 11 ran.
Idol Deputy (FR) 4-1fav (9-0) Held up, good headway 2f out, went 2nd going well 1f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, soon in command, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb beating Warden Bond (9-4) by 3l, 13 ran.
Black Coffee 8-1 (8-10) Pushed along towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Vanilla Rum (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
St Ignatius 4-1 (8-0) Chased clear leader, ridden over 3f out, closed on leader over 1f out, led and hung right inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 1m Classified Claiming Stakes (0-65) (4yo+) (6) fbs in Mar beating Alpha Tauri (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Spirit Of Gondree (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) In touch in 5th, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and chased leading pair over 1f out until weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind Push Me (8-12) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Fibs And Flannel 12-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway and not clear run over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ridden and ran on to go 3rd near finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Snow Trooper (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Kyle Of Bute 7-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 3rd over 3f out, disputing 2nd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Thatcherite (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Valley Tiger 14-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Strawberrymystique (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.