Mootabar may be still out of the handicap despite two latest successes but it would be folly to ignore the Fairhurst inmates' obvious claims here. The grey does need to show that recent level of form on these faster conditions though and others make stronger appeal. The choice falls upon MY IDEA, who will definitely relish the return to a quicker surface, is suited by the trip and continues to perform at a solid and consistent level. A major danger could be Almutaham. Both career wins arrived on good ground and his most recent success came here just over a year ago. Martin Todhunter has clearly been waiting for the winter ground to disappear as this is his charge's first run since November and he's a danger to all if ready to roll after his break. Makhzoon is also respected despite topweight.
Makhzoon (USA) 10-1 (10-10) Led until 3rd, chased leaders until weakened 6th, 7th of 8, well behind Rock Relief (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
My Idea 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway on outside when not fluent 6th, outpaced in 3rd before 3 out, soon no chance with front pair, lost moderate 3rd approaching last, 4th of 9, 32l behind Neptune Equester (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Bow School (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd before last until no extra run-in, 4th of 9, 11l behind Pudsey House (10-2) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Quel Elite (FR) 5-1fav (11-10) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 14, 14l behind Runswick Relax (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr '12.
Glencree (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 4 out, led before 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, chased winner until last, no extra flat, 4th of 12, 5l behind Lightening Rod (11-9) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Gymdoli 11-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Chavoy (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 13, 27l behind Purcell's Bridge (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Gonow 15-2 (10-3) Close up, led 4th, headed 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Walkabout Creek (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) hvy in Mar.
Almutaham (USA) 14-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, jumped left at times, ridden along after next, lost place 4th, mistake and outpaced 8th, hampered next, not fluent next, 4th when mistake and unseated rider 5 out, in a race won by Alpha One (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 6 ran.
Mootabar (IRE) 7-2fav (9-13) Held up behind, headway 4 out, led approaching next, ridden and held on flat, won at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Northern Acres (11-5) by 3/4l, 18 ran.