VELOCE is the youngest in the line-up and has the most scope so should make a winning handicap debut. Donald McCain's charge won three times on the Flat last year and made a very promising start over hurdles behind the smart Poet at Newbury. He was then surprisingly beaten at long odds-on at Musselburgh before landing a maiden at Ayr and with track and trip likely to suit he's the one to be on. Renoyr has done well for Malcolm Jefferson since arriving from Ireland scoring easily at Doncaster and running reasonably well after a 10lb rise at Wetherby. He could have done without another 3lb extra but is still likely to get into the mix along with Fleet Dawn, though the latter needs to prove he acts on testing ground. The latter's stablemate Yesyoucan has no such problems with the conditions and looks a major threat as he landed a much better race than this at Haydock in November before making a few mistakes on a return visit the following month.
Yesyoucan (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened after 2 out, blundered last, 8th of 10, 42l behind Bakbenscher (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Jet Master (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Raced keenly, with leader, led 2nd, headed approaching 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, 5th of 14, 10l behind Swing Bowler (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Bow Badger 8-1 (11-5) Made all, clear appproaching 2 out, went right last, stayed on well, easily, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov '11 beating My Arch (11-5) by 7l, 10 ran.
Veloce (IRE) 8-15fav (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching 2 out, driven before last, stayed on under pressure flat (flag start), won at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Hallmark Star (10-7) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Fleet Dawn 7-1 (11-5) Chased winner throughout, kept on and no impression from 2 out, 2nd of 10, 9l behind Mwaleshi (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Renoyr (FR) 11-4fav (11-6) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, every chance 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Billy Twyford (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Carrigdhoun (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, disputed 4 out, ridden in close 3rd 3 out, no extra before next, 8th of 15, 29l behind Spot The Boss (9-11) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-123 in Mar.
Cool Baranca (GER) 40-1 (10-1) In rear, tailed off before 4th, 7th of 8, well behind Ifandbutwhynot (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.