Plenty with a shout in this opener. Oregon Gift has won three of his last four starts but all over 1m4f, though he appeared to stay 2m at Lingfield earlier so should figure over today’s trip. Mancini will likely win a handicap this year but hasn’t raced since August but Navajo Star won over 2m here last month and is another to consider along with Ceyhan. MARSHALL AID was beaten only a nose over course and distance three weeks ago and, racing off the same mark today, gets a chance to go one better.
Luv U Whatever 25-1 (8-7) Soon in touch, ridden and weakened from over 2f out, 8th of 11, 14 1/4l behind Count Calabash (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (3) pol in Apr.
Oregon Gift 10-11fav (10-2) Led, went clear over 2f out, reduced lead inside final furlong, caught post. later awarded race, 2nd of 9, shd behind Bird For Life (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Mancini 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 8 1/2l behind Just In Time (8-3) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Brigadoon 7-1 (9-9) Led, joined and disputed lead after 2f, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 23l behind The Resdev Way (9-8) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp (5) pol in Mar.
Planetoid (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Dwelt in rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, last of 9, 10 3/4l behind Le Torrent (9-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Voice Control (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Held up, towards rear, not clear run, on inside 3f out until switched right chasing leaders over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Cavalieri (9-5) at Chelmsford City 2m hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Navajo Star (IRE) 10-3 (9-8) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, won at Chelmsford City 2m hcp (6) pol in Mar beating Leoro (9-8) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Ceyhan 7-1 (9-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Cayuga (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 5f stks (6) pol in Apr.
Marshall Aid (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Chased leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed last stride, 2nd of 7, shd behind Song Of Love (9-10) at Chelmsford City 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Apr.