This is the much more competitive of the two divisions of this maiden and with plenty more form to go at the chances of MOUNT HELICON appeal the most but El Dancer and Hot Diamond should be in close order. The Alan King trained selection as shown more than enough ability to take one of these in just four runs and with the form working out well from his last effort he has marginally the better chance. El Dancer improved on his debut run to finish runner up in what should have been a decent looking novice hurdle last time however the form is yet to work out from that contest though but you shouldn't rule him out. Hot Diamond has been knocking on the door in some novice events recently and it could be argued this is an easier task; his mark of 122 also shows suggests ability. Amwell Brave should probably stick to staying tests on the level with little to recommend him over timber so far while Tory Hill is the most interesting of the newcomers and the performance of Jonjo O'Neills other debutant in the first race will guide us to this ones chances. So in a much better race than the opener we side with Mount Helicon.
Amwell Brave 25-1 (10-12) Always behind, 7th of 11, 37l behind Bonikos (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Hot Diamond 7-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, went 2nd after 2 out, no chance with winner and lost 2nd, run-in, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Micheal Flips (11-8) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (2) gd in Dec.
Richard The Third 6-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, good headway 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 10l behind Calaas (10-12) at Towcester 2m mdn nhf (5) gf in May.
The Big Fella (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) With leader, weakened 7th, behind when pulled up 3 out in race won by Bonikos (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hdl (3) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Tory Hill (IRE) Great Palm gelding out of Telstar.
Scar Tissue 25-1 (8-9) Dwelt, in rear, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 18l behind Mayfair's Future (8-10) at Great Leighs 1m 2f mdn aut stk (6) pol in Nov (Flat).
Dusk 7-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, hampered just over 3f out, headway on inside over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Eighteenfifty (9-6) at W'hampton 1m 4f mdn stk (5) pol in Feb (Flat).
E Major 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind Optimus Maximus (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Mount Helicon 2-1jt-fav (10-12) In touch, headway to challenge 3 out, ridden and every chance when pecked badly 2 out, not recover and weakened before last, 3rd of 10, 18l behind Optimus Maximus (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
El Dancer (GER) 9-2 (11-2) Chased leader 3rd, led 3 out, edged left before and headed last, kept on flat, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Ronaldo Des Mottes (10-12) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (3) sft.
Giollacca (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) In touch, ridden and weakened 6f out, 6th of 13, 36l behind Gilwen Glory (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f mrs nhf (5) gs in Jan.