EOLIAN is a good starting point in this as he was having only his second run in a handicap when runner-up to an in-form rival in a ladies’ race at Huntingdon three weeks ago. Fergus Gregory, who boasts an excellent strike-rate riding for Olly Murphy around here, takes over the reins. Bowie usually runs well on the track and is still capable of a bold showing in this grade, despite advancing years, while Haasab has had a wind operation since last seen and connections will be hoping blinkers have the desired effect on Murchison River. Bolister has gone close the last twice but has crept up the weights without winning.
Haasab (IRE) 11-2 (12-0) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, went 2nd next, not fluent 7th, 3rd and beaten from 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 15, 18l behind Rockliffe (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp (5) gs in Dec.
Eolian 11-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, outpaced from 3 out, went 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Shanroe Tic Tec (12-10) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (5) gs in Mar.
Barnay 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside, lost place and reminders after 4th, soon behind, tailed off, pulled up after 2 out, at Stratford 2m 3f (3) gd in Mar.
Murchison River 9-4fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, outpaced next, rallied last, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 15 1/4l behind Empire De Maulde (11-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Bowie (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Raced wide tracked leaders, pressed leader 4th, ridden 2 out, faded from last, 5th of 9, 5 1/2l behind Shanroe Tic Tec (12-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Bolister (FR) 3-1fav (11-2) Raced wide held up, headway to track leaders 3 out, led next, ridden and headed flat, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind King Muro (11-13) at Plumpton 2m hcp (5) sft in Mar.
For Jim (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Always behind, tailed off, last of 7, dist behind Peppay Le Pugh (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Biddy Be (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened 5th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, at Newcastle 2m (4) hvy in Mar.
Four Mile Beach 100-1 (10-9) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 12th of 13, 19 1/2l behind Equidae (11-0) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Port Lairge 250-1 (8-10) Very slowly away and reluctant to race, always tailed off in rear, last of 8, dist behind Space Bandit (9-10) at Southwell 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Mighty Mustang 28-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, weakened soon after 2 out (normal 3 out), 12th of 17, 30 1/4l behind First Of Never (10-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp (5) gd in Feb.