It’s difficult to oppose JUST DON’T ASK in the opener. He was second in testing ground at Chepstow last month with no less than three subsequent winners behind. Mr Sandgate and Trust Me I'm A Dr have shown little so far over timber while Geronimo and J And M Greengairs make their belated debuts at the ages of seven and 10 respectively. Hurricane Volta is a modest handicapper on the Flat and debuts over hurdles on his first start for Gordon Elliott.
Geronimo Kadastrof gelding out of Triggers Ginger.
Hurricane Volta (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) In rear, pushed along over 6f out, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on in 3rd place before final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Plymouth Sound (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (5) gf in Jun.
J And M Greengairs Flemensfirth gelding out of Smooth Technology.
Just Don't Ask (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed before last, held after, stayed on, 2nd of 16, 3l behind Diablo De Rouhet (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (4) hvy in Jan.
Mr Sandgate (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up behind, pushed along over 5f out, never dangerous, last of 10, dist behind Ask The Tycoon (11-0) at Ayr 2m mdn (6) hvy in Nov.
Trust Me I'm A Dr (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Towards rear, reminders before 6th, soon struggling, pulled up, at Newcastle 2m 6f (4) sft in Jan.