The unbeaten Polar Chief won twice in testing ground last season and is only 3lb higher on his return to action. MUMEYEZ beat little to land his maiden at Wolverhampton in February but couldn't have done it any easier and he gets the vote with further progress expected on his handicap bow. Mandy's Boy ended last term with a victory over track and trip and that looks stronger form than Strong Conviction's success over 7f here. Santo Prince and Minimee are other winners who will find life tougher in this company but Little Dolly should finish closer after failing to act on the Fibresand at Southwell last time.
Ocean Applause 8-1 (9-2) In touch towards rear, ridden 3f out, kept on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Lilac Lace (8-4) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Polar Chief 11-1 (8-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 4th, went 3rd over 3f out, tracked leader, well over 1f out, led 1f out, stayed on well and held on close home, won at Haydock 1m 2yo hcp (2) hvy in Oct beating Dr Phibes (9-2) by nk, 5 ran.
Mumeyez 3-10fav (8-7) Made all, ridden clear 2f out, eased inside final furlong, comfortable, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Feb beating House of Orange (8-7) by 7l, 5 ran.
Luck 14-1 (9-6) Very slowly away and lost all chance, 12th of 14, 19l behind Delores Rocket (8-8) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Santo Prince (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, headway to chase leader entering final furlong, ridden and stayed on to lead final strides, won at Brighton 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct beating Mowhoob (9-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Avatar Star (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Held up in touch in mid-division, hard ridden from over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 8, 11l behind Canadian Run (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Mandy's Boy (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Dwelt in touch in rear, headway to chase leader over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) hvy in Oct beating Too Difficult (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Cash Is King 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 4th of 11, 4l behind Emperatriz (8-12) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Aug.
Minimee 9-2 (8-8) Close up in last place, effort on outer from over 1f out, edged left and led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Mar beating Shearian (8-10) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Strong Conviction 3-1 (9-3) Close up in last place, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left towards finish, won at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) hvy in Oct beating Red Eclipse (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Tuffan (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, staye don inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 9, 5l behind Quintilian (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Little Dolly 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, 4th of 5, 16l behind Misleading Promise (8-11) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.