Big Wave Bay is one of several potential improvers however PORT HILL has the solid recent form to his name and is preferred to Red Army and Shelfah. Mark Brisbourne doesn't send too many horses to the track but this gelding looks likely to run well following two solid second-placed finishes. His handicap mark was hiked up by 10lb for finishing second to Parhelion last month but he showed he can handles it with a fine second to Il Portico off his new mark. Red Army is bred to relish this longer trip and is interesting with Ryan Moore booked, Shelfah is another with a pedigree to suggest she'll improve markedly this year, whilst Big Wave Bay looks interesting with Mr Fallon taking his first sit on this Alan Jarvis-trained colt. Tallawalla is looking well-handicapped after two average runs, Miss Whippy needs a market check as she steps up in trip, whilst Sheila's Bond and Better Be Blue have some good recent form to their names. An open race, where the betting will help, but preference is for Port Hill.
Big Wave Bay (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden well over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 17l behind Hanson'd (9-3) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Mini Max 22-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway 1f out, one pace, 4th of 11, 3l behind Dream Number (9-7) at Leicester 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct.
Shelfah (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 17, 16l behind Saboteur (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Port Hill 8-1 (9-2) In touch in 4th, chased winner over 3f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 8, hd behind Il Portico (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Oak Leaves 100-1 (8-12) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 15, 40l behind Multames (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Red Amy 8-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden halfway, never near leaders, 5th of 7, 10l behind Pleasant Day (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Tallawalla (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Raced wide, towards rear, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 5l behind Usquaebach (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Miss Whippy 13-2 (7-12) Flashed tail throughout, in touch, ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind In The Slips (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Sheila's Bond 4-1fav (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Usquaebach (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Whipperway (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Raced wide, mid-divison, effort over 2f out, not troubled leaders, 6th of 10, 16l behind Azlak (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Little Meadow (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Held up, never dangerous, 5th of 9, 12l behind The Blue Dog (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3yo mdn hcp (6) fbs in Feb.
Better Be Blue (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Steadied start, held up, in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Tuscan King (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
All Right Now 100-1 (8-12) Behind, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 14l behind Bebopalula (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.