It's impossible to make a confident selection in this opener and those with the best recent form have a wide draw to overcome. A chance is taken on CHEYENNE RED regardless as he scored over C&D from a wide berth on his latest start and has a leading amateur on board in Simon Walker. Welcome Approach was all out to score at Kempton last week and a penalty may scupper his chances, while Itsthursdayalready is returning from a four month absence. Blue Noodles and Young Simon are others to consider.
Welcome Approach 4-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on and edged right inside final furlong, won at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Dingaan (9-2) by hd, 7 ran.
Itsthursdayalready 16-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Jonnie Skull (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Royal Blade (IRE) 80-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 21l behind Monte Cassino (8-8) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Avonlini 16-1 (9-0) Led 1f, prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 7l behind Colourbearer (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Cheyenne Red (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leader 2f, went 2nd again when switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Pilgrim Dancer (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Takajan (IRE) 6-1 (8-6) Raced wide towards rear, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 5th of 12, 6l behind Ridgeway Hawk (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Blue Noodles 25-1 (9-1) Always behind, last of 12, 17l behind Beachwood Bay (9-3) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Louise Sauvage 66-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, reminders after 2f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 12, 16l behind Hajoum (9-3) at Windsor 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Oct '09.
Novay Essjay (IRE) 100-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden over 3f out, soon behind, last of 9, 22l behind Cape of Storms (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol.
Bachelor Knight (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Chased leader, led approaching final 2f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 6l behind Consistant (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Young Simon 9-2 (8-9) Prominent, effort when hung right on bend well over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 13l behind Waterloo Dock (9-4) at Lingfield 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Little Perisher 16-1 (9-2) Crossed over from wide draw and ridden to lead over 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 14l behind First Class (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Avoncreek 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, under pressure 2f out, gradually weakened, 8th of 13, 5l behind Silver Wind (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.