FATHOM FIVE is preferred here to Fol Hollow, Holbeck Ghyll and Rocket Rob in a competitive opening handicap. Chris Wall's gelding makes his seasonal reappearance this afternoon and won this race last year off a 2lb higher mark. He wasn't able to win after that success but ran several good races in defeat in better company and with an excellent record in the springtime he should prove hard to beat. Holbeck Ghyll is another course and distance winner but he only saw the racetrack once last season. He has evidently had his injury problems but is a talented horse and is considered despite a high-looking handicap mark. Fol Hollow has been in fair form since coming back to the track this year and is considered with Billy Cray able to claim five pounds, Hoh Hoh Hoh looks fairly handicapped on this return to the turf and Jamie Spencer is an eye-catching jockey booking, whilst Rievaulx World represents a yard in good form and should come on for his latest run at Southwell. Indian Trail has some excellent form on downhill tracks to his name, Rocket Rob has a devastating turn of foot when on song and represents a highly progressive yard, whilst the drop back in trip will suit Bertoliver as he returns to turf. An open race, but preference is for last-year's winner Fathom Five.
Fol Hollow (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Lenny Bee (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Hoh Hoh Hoh 16-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 6l behind Arthur's Edge (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) std in Mar.
Rievaulx World 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 14l behind Arthur's Edge (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) std in Mar.
Fathom Five (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, driven halfway, weakened final furlong, 13th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Quest For Success (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Oct.
Holbeck Ghyll (IRE) 14-1 (8-1) Slowly away, held up and always in rear, 12th of 13, 10l behind Chief Editor (9-4) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gs in Apr '09.
Indian Trail 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 5l behind Lenny Bee (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Rocket Rob (IRE) 9-4fav (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace and held when hampered inside final furlong, soon no extra, 5th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Thebes (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Bertoliver 7-1 (8-12) Pulled hard in rear, always behind, last of 10, 10l behind New Leyf (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Ocean Blaze 11-2 (9-0) Towards rear, headway on inner 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 7, 4l behind Lord Of The Reins (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.