Northside Prince hasn't won since 2010 but usually tries his best. Beyond Conceit should be stronger this year and may be up to winning off his current mark while Fennell Bay will be looking to take advantage of his slide down the handicap. Man Of Plenty has more scope than both Franciscan and Bowdler's Magic but recent Polytrack winner Wyborne should be capable of further progress back on the Turf. Royal Peculiar appears to have developed a preference for the all-weather and EAGLE ROCK has been trying his luck over hurdles. But the latter ran some good races in better company than this on the Flat last season and Tom Tate's charge gets the speculative vote in a tough handicap to call.
Franciscan 13-2 (9-8) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, never on terms, 7th of 8, 13l behind Rule Book (8-10) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 15, 12l behind First Mohican (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Bowdler's Magic 3-10fav (9-6) Slowly away soon close up in 4th, went 3rd over 3f out, headway on outer to lead over 1f out, pushed clear, comfortably, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug beating Mollyow (8-4) by 8l, 4 ran.
Northside Prince (IRE) 3-1 (9-12) Held up in rear and in touch, took keen hold, challenged over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Lexington Bay (9-6) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Fennell Bay (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Swing Alone (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Beyond Conceit (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Tracked leader until carried right on bend after 2f, soon led, driven and headed well over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 12l behind Courtesy Call (8-13) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp (3) fm in Sep.
Ingleby Spirit 16-1 (8-9) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 13l behind Right Step (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) hvy in Apr '12.
Eagle Rock (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, ran on to go 3rd towards finish, nearest finish, 3rd of 18, 6l behind Domination (8-9) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Wyborne 9-1 (8-13) Led, ridden 2f out, hung left and headed over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Hanoverian Baron (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcap (2) pol in Mar.
Man Of Plenty 13-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never a factor, 7th of 11, 6l behind Require (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Rocktherunway (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Led 1f, tracked leader, driven to challenge 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 16l behind Beaumont's Party (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
The Lock Master (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Eastern Destiny (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Merchant Of Dubai 11-4 (9-10) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon under pressure, faded final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Boa (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Flashman 4-1 (8-4) Tracked winner, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, edged left over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 21l behind Red Orator (8-4) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Royal Peculiar 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 6th of 10, 8l behind Niceofyoutotellme (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-90) (3) pol.