RUTHERGLEN was sent hurdling in November and has won all three subsequent starts over timber. There's a good chance he'll carry over his progressive form to this code and John Quinn's charge can land this despite racing off a 7lb higher mark than when scoring at Windsor last year. Softsong also arrives on the back of a win over hurdles and slipped down the weights in the Flat last season. He has decent claims along with Clerk's Choice, a winner in this grade at Lingfield in December. Eshtyaaq has won over today's trip on Turf but has been badly out of form of late.
Softsong (FR) 10-1 (9-11) In rear, ridden 3f out, kept on, never on terms, 5th of 7, 11l behind Statutory (9-0) at Chester 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
First Avenue 25-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 9th of 18, 13l behind Broxbourne (9-0) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gs in Jul.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 11-4 (9-1) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Theology (9-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Rasheed 16-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden 2f out, no extra final 100 yards, 7th of 14, 5l behind Enthusiastic (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep '12.
Eshtyaaq 9-2 (9-12) Led, ridden and pressed 3f out, headed soon after, chased leading pair, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind King's Request (8-10) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Rutherglen 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, headway 3f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Perfect Heart (9-9) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Kalamill (IRE) 11-4fav (8-13) Led until over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Arashi (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Strandfield Bay (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Chased clear leader, took closer order over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed 2f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Kettlewell (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.