This is a contest short on quality but nevertheless competitive and with most in this lowly grade for a reason we find a little more to like about SALOON ahead of Barbirolli, while Amwell Brave could show up in the places at a bigger price. The pick is still a maiden after 11 starts but has been one of the more consistent in this field. The form from his last time out place looks solid enough for this grade and his mark looks about right. Barbirolli took a fast ground apprentice handicap over this trip last time out and has been raised just two pounds for that neck success. He'll have David Probert claiming three on his back, which negates that rise, but he has been beaten off similarly good terms recently. Amwell Brave is more than capable in putting in a good run on these terms and could reward each-way backers while Jim Best's Smoothly Does It is also weighted to be involved after a solid jumps campaign. A tough opener for punters to untangle where we've found the solution in Saloon.
Lough Beg (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Prominent early, mid-division, pushed along and headway 5f out, not clear run over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 22l behind Rare Coincidence (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Saloon (USA) 9-4fav (9-4) Close up, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, no impression and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 11, 4l behind She's So Pretty (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs in Oct.
Barodine 6-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway when switched right over 2f out, hung left final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Rossini's Dancer (10-9) at Wolverhampton 1m (6) pol.
Iceman George 14-1 (10-2) Held up, headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 15, 4l behind Director's Chair (10-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Mar.
Holoko Heights 4-1 (9-1) Held up behind, headway to chase leaders and not clear run over 1f out, switched violently right inside final furlong, ran on towards finish, 4th of 15, 1l behind Sagunt (8-12) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Aegean Rose 33-1 (8-13) Always behind, struggling final 2f, 13th of 15, 22l behind Sagunt (8-12) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Everyman 25-1 (8-4) Keen, tracked leader until over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 6l behind General Tufto (8-8) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) fbs in Mar.
Smoothly Does It 7-4fav (8-3) Held up behind leaders, ridden over 3f out, driven and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Moonstreaker (8-7) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Winning Show 20-1 (9-4) Behind, headway inisde final 2f, took 3rd inisde final furlong, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Prince Charlemagne (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Generous Lad (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Prince Charlemagne (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Tecktal (FR) 10-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside furlong and lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Prince Charlemagne (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Chapter (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Refused to race, in a race won by Miss Serena (9-2) at Great Leighs 2m hcp (6) pol in Oct, 16 ran.
Barbirolli 15-2 (8-8) Behind, steady headway from over 4f out, switched wide into straight over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on lead final strides, won at Folkestone 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Lady Hestia (8-2) by hd, 14 ran.
Amwell Brave 7-1 (9-2) Steadied start, settled towards rear, some headway over 1f out, never near leaders, 7th of 9, 8l behind Prince Charlemagne (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.