Several with claims in the opener including Billie Beane, who won off today’s mark over track and trip last summer. Azets has been thereabouts recently and will be winning off a similar mark before long but CHETAN ran his best race for some time when beaten only a neck at Chelmsford recently. He finished ahead of both Sharp Operator and Caledonia Laird on that occasion and can go one better racing off the same mark today. Cristal Pallas Cat posted a better effort at Chelmsford when last in action and is another to note.
Border Warrior 18-1 (9-5) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 16, 8 1/2l behind King Athelstan (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Chetan 7-2fav (9-7) Chased leader, carried badly left by wind gusting over 5f out, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed near finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Caribbean Spring (9-4) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Sharp Operator 14-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders switched right over 3f out, ridden in 3rd over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Caribbean Spring (9-4) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Azets 13-2 (9-3) Chased leader 1f, chased leaders, went 2nd again inside final 2f, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 3 3/4l behind Maqboola (9-9) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Misty 25-1 (8-13) Dwelt towards rear, weakened halfway, last of 12, 18 1/2l behind Break The Silence (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Billie Beane 11-2 (9-0) Mid-division, not much room and going well over 2f out, headway over 1f out, unable to get on terms, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Music Major (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Mrs Benson (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Fly leapt start, in touch, pushed along over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 7 3/4l behind Thechildren'strust (9-12) at Salisbury 1m hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Haraz (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 13, 4 1/4l behind Zarkavon (9-0) at Kempton 1m stks (6) pol in Jan.
Cristal Pallas Cat (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Led or disputed lead until inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Kerrera (9-3) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Tintern Spirit (IRE) 150-1 (8-12) Soon towards rear, not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, hung left and no impression inside final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 11, 8l behind Billyoakes (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Sixth Of June 80-1 (8-7) Keen in touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 6 1/2l behind Cwynar (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Caledonia Laird 6-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Caribbean Spring (9-4) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.