This will take very little winning so don't be surprised by a big run from The Horsechesnut, who was bought after landing a point-to-point at Dromahane in December. Bossy Beccy and Redkalani have shown very moderate form and though Dreamisi will probably start a short-priced favourite after a decent debut in a slowly-run race at Sedgefield there may be better value elsewhere. Of the newcomers, ANIKNAM catches the eye on breeding as he's a half-brother to a winning bumper in France so he's given the nod to make a winning start.
Alwaysrecommended (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, good headway to lead 10f out, headed over 5f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, well behind Seldom Inn (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec.
Daring Exit Exit To Nowhere gelding out of Aberdare.
Dreamisi (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, effort on inside over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Wolf Sword (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Jasani 100-1 (11-4) Chased leaders 10f, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Couldhavehaditall (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Redkalani (IRE) 15-2 (11-3) With leaders, led after 2f, headed before halfway, every chance over 4f out, one pace, 4th of 9, 17l behind Grove Silver (11-3) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Smooth Stepper Alflora gelding out of Jazzy Refrain.
The Horsechesnut (IRE) 2-1 (12-2) Mid div, cl 4th bef 3out & prog again from 2out to ld bef last where jumped right, so & went clr flat, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec beating Stilo Blue Native (11-6) by 4l, 13 ran.
Aniknam (FR) Nickname gelding out of Kelle Home.
Bossy Beccy 100-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, lost place before halfway, soon pushed along, kept on from over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 10l behind Degenerous (10-11) at Catterick 2m mares n h flat (5) gs.
New Zafeen (IRE) 100-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 37l behind Supasundae (10-9) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gd.