Mumgos Debut, now a dual winner here, is on a hat-trick but is closely matched with Budarri on recent form. Rossmore's Pride and Las Tunas are also recent winners so warrant respect but WHITSUNDAYS is back on a winning mark and will strip fitter for his fourth in a much higher grade at Carlisle so gets the nod ahead of Charlie Snow Angel, who usually runs well around here and is another starting to look well treated. Duhallowcountry is more difficult to fancy from almost a stone out of the handicap.
Whitsundays (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Disputed lead, led 5th to 7th, with leader, lost place 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 6, 19 3/4l behind Calivigny (10-3) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (2) hvy in Dec.
Rossmore's Pride (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Hampered 1st, in touch chasing group, close up in 2nd after 3 out, led after next, soon clear, in no danger after, easily, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp (5) sft in Dec beating Gin Cobbler (10-0) by 15l, 8 ran.
Mumgos Debut (IRE) 5-2 (11-6) Tracked leader, led 2 out, ridden out, won at Newcastle 2m hcp (4) gs in Jan beating Halcyon Days (11-12) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Las Tunas (FR) 8-11fav (10-13) Held up, closed 4th, led going well 4 out, clear next, easily, won at Ayr 2m hcp (5) gs in Jan beating The Orange Rogue (11-12) by 10l, 6 ran.
Budarri 5-2 (10-10) Close up, ridden and slightly outpaced 3 out, rallied to go 3rd last, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Mumgos Debut (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Charlie Snow Angel 14-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, ridden and edged right after 2 out, blundered and left 2nd last, no impression on winner, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 4 1/4l behind Younoso (10-4) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp (5) gs in Jan.
Duhallowcountry (IRE) 18-1 (10-0) Off the pace in 3rd, never near winner, weakened between last 2, 4th of 9, 28l behind Jokers And Rogues (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (5) gs in Jan.