Hits Only Jude won this last year off the same mark but hasn't had a prep run this time around and isn't getting any younger. Jacob McCandles has to go on the short-list having got off the mark on the Fibresand last month while Moral Issue, Tuxedo and Toymaker have also won on the all-weather since the turn of the year. The latter is the least exposed and open to improvement but has to give 5lb to WISEMAN'S DIAMOND. Paul Midgley's mare won at Ripon and Newcastle last year but still doesn't look badly handicapped and she caught the eye when third on her reappearance at Wolverhampton.
Cara's Request (AUS) 4-1 (9-5) Led, driven and headed inside final 2f, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 13l behind Makbullet (8-9) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Moral Issue 2-1fav (9-4) Chased leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, held when hampered soon after, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Thatcherite (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Indieslad 22-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, headway to chase winner over 1f out, soon challenged, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 17, 1l behind Ted's Brother (9-1) at Doncaster 7f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Toymaker 12-1 (9-7) In touch, not clear run over 2f out, headway inside final 2f, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Gallantry (9-3) by 2l, 12 ran.
Tuxedo 7-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders, effort to lead entering final 3f, driven clear over 1f out, headed final 100yards, no extra, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Archelao (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol in Mar.
Jacob Mccandles 3-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 3f out, led over 1f out, driven clear, ran on well, won at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Mar beating Lithograph (8-3) by 2l, 8 ran.
Praxios 2-1 (9-3) Stumbled start, soon chasing leading trio, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 26l behind Rocky Rebel (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol in Jan.
First Class Favour (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden over 2f out, some late headway, not trouble leaders, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Watts Up Son (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Nov.
Eastward Ho 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, driven and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Waterloo Sunrise (9-3) by nk, 12 ran.
Wiseman's Diamond (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Maz (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Cheers Buddy (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Led after 1f, set steady pace, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Munsarim (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Five Hearts 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, not much room over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 9, 7l behind Spirit Of Oakdale (9-4) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Transmit (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) In touch in rear, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 12l behind Elhamri (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Hits Only Jude (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) Dwelt, always towards rear, 12th of 16, 22l behind Zafranagar (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Mar.