My Boy Sepoy and Sudona ended last season with victories over today’s trip at Bath and Yarmouth respectively thought the latter returns to action raised 9lb. A dual winner over hurdles, First Quest was winning his first handicap on the Flat when scoring at Windsor recently and should go well again despite a 4lb rise but NARJES (NAP) is preferred. Laura Mongan’s consistent mare won twice over 1m2f on the Polytrack here over the winter and can effectively race off a lower mark than when last successful if Sophie Ralston’s allowance is taken into account. She Believes slips further down the weights and debuts over the distance while King Of The Sand was still well beaten when third on the all-weather here earlier.
My Boy Sepoy 5-2 (9-9) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, stayed on strongly to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp (5) fm in Sep beating Mystic Meg (9-7) by 1l, 8 ran.
Sudona 12-1 (9-3) Towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Oct beating Debatable (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
She Believes (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) In touch, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Here's Two (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp (5) pol in Apr.
First Quest (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge 2f out, disputing lead throughout final furlong, led final strides (hand timed), won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Apr beating Simbirsk (9-4) by nk, 15 ran.
King Of The Sand (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up and always towards rear, 10th of 15, dist behind Song For Someone (11-10) at Warwick 2m (4) gd in Feb.
Narjes 13-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Rakematiz (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (5) pol in Feb.