Above N Beyond is scheduled to make a quick reappearance having being caught right on the post at Chester on Thursday. He has a little further to travel here and may struggle to get to the front from a wide draw. Richard Fahey hasn't made his customary electric start to the season but he'll be hopeful of a good run here from Novinophobia, who ended last season in good form and is preferred to stablemate Bell Heather at the weights. Mark Johnston is also double-handed with Abareeq possibly a better bet than the more-exposed Bathos. Dollar Reward looks a typical improver for Sir Michael Stoute while Shaiyem was second at Lingfield last month. EASY CODE beat two subsequent winners at Pontefract in September and is out of a Halling mare so should stay this longer trip – he gets the nod.
Steel of Madrid (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Led 2f, tracked leader until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 14 1/2l behind Stormy Antarctic (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 3 stks (1) gs in Apr.
Abareeq 15-2 (8-12) Tracked leading pair, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 9, 19 3/4l behind Czabo (8-10) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Bathos (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Dwelt, in rear, soon outpaced, reminders over 5f out, headway on outer over 3f out, one pace, 7th of 12, 6 1/2l behind Turn Tide (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Mar.
Easy Code 9-4 (9-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on well towards finish, won at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (4) gd in Sep beating Happy Call (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Zealous (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Tracked leading pair, led inside final 2f, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Haydock 7f (5) gs in Oct beating Burningfivers (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bell Heather (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders until lost place inside final 4f, plugged on final furlong, went modest 3rd close home, 3rd of 6, 8 1/4l behind Ventura Storm (9-5) at Salisbury 1m stks (4) sft in Sep.
Shaiyem (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up, headway on inner entering final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Suqoor (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Scarlet Dragon 7-1 (9-6) Keen close up, ridden and headway to chase winner 2f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Medburn Dream (8-7) at Epsom 1m 1f hcp (4) sft in Apr.
Novinophobia 7-4fav (8-13) Close up, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on and always held, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Saturn Lace (9-2) at Catterick 7f (3) sft in Oct.
Dollar Reward 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Nokhada (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Bronte Flyer 14-1 (9-0) In touch, headway over 1f out, led just inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Carlisle 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Sep beating Good Run (9-5) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Fatherly Friend (USA) 9-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden and headway halfway, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 17, 10 1/2l behind Remarkable (8-8) at Doncaster 6f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
Above N Beyond 9-2 (9-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure when hard pressed inside final furlong, headed narrowly final strides, 2nd of 9, shd behind Ian Fleming (8-7) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gd in May.