HONG KONG ISLAND showed the benefit of his seasonal reappearance when scoring in good style in what looked a competitive apprentice handicap at Pontefract. He has been raised an acceptable 5lb by the assessor and Paul Hanagan takes over in this follow-up attempt so he is hard to oppose. Arashi looks on a workable mark and should strip fitter for a mid-division finish at Doncaster on his first run back. He rates the threat on last year's form as Aegean Destiny is nicely weighted but finds winning hard, Kenyan Cat may need this seasonal reappearance and all nine of Rowan Lodge's successes since 2006 have arrived in claiming or selling company.
Destiny Of A Diva 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind The Lock Master (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Bidable 18-1 (9-5) Towards rear,headway on outer over 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased final furlong, 7th of 9, 16l behind Star Links (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Rowan Lodge (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, squeezed between rivals inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Beverley 1m sell stks (6) gf beating White Deer (9-7) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Hong Kong Island (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon hung right, kept on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Tenhoo (8-7) by 1l, 11 ran.
Kenyan Cat 2-1fav (9-11) Raced wide, soon with leaders, led 4f out, narrowly headed over 3f out, chased leaders, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Hurricane Thomas (9-6) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Arashi 14-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and some headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 21, 11l behind Jeer (10-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Aegean Destiny 11-1 (8-10) With leader early, in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 8th of 15, 8l behind Tribal Myth (8-9) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.