APACHEE PRINCE has raced three times over fences in the past including a fourth in last year’s renewal - he is 11lb lower today, Alistair Whillans’ charge should make a bold bid on the back of good efforts over hurdles here recently. Misfits finished just behind the selection in this last year and can also compete off a lower mark today while Eager To Know has been in the mix over timber and makes his chasing debut. Smiling Jessica was placed over fences on a couple of occasions before falling at Sedgefield last month.
Apachee Prince (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Soon mid-division on outside, closed 4th, challenged 3 out until last, stayed on same pace, 4th of 10, 5 1/4l behind Fraser Canyon (11-6) at Musselburgh 3m hcp (4) gd in Dec.
Misfits (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway before 4 out, ridden to chase leaders after 2 out, went modest 4th last, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 22 1/2l behind Oak Vintage (10-5) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Eager To Know (IRE) 4-1 (10-1) Held up mid-division, headway 6 out, went 2nd before 4 out, every chance last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 13, 6 3/4l behind Kalaharry (10-13) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Smiling Jessica (IRE) 7-2 (10-4) Disputed lead until lost place 13th, blundered 15th, soon weakened, in rear when fell 2 out, at Sedgefield 3m 2f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Robins Legend (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Chased leader, challenged 4 out, weakening when not fluent 2 out, 7th of 13, 32l behind Indian Voyage (12-3) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Dutch Canyon (IRE) 11-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders, dropped into mid-division from 5th, weakened from 10th, tailed off, 5th of 9, dist behind No Such Number (11-11) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Jun.