HARLESTONE WOOD was only beaten a head at Salisbury on his latest start and is fancied to open his account on his return to action. Faraway Land disappointed last time after finishing third over C&D on her debut while most of the remainder are switching from the National Hunt code. Big Kahuna was tailed off on his debut in a bumper and Chain Reactor finished last on his reappearance after landing a bumper at this time last year. Lidar and Megastar are both winners over hurdles but the latter is making his belated debut on the Flat.
Big Kahuna 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inner, chased leaders before halfway, soon pushed along and struggling, tailed off 4f out, last of 8, well behind Western High (10-7) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec '11.
Chain Reactor 25-1 (11-7) Chased leaders on outside, lost place after halfway, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Lidar (FR) 22-1 (9-10) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final 2f, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Tmaam (9-4) at Bath 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in Sep '11.
Megastar 25-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, not fluent 5th, ridden and weakened after next, last of 10, well behind Raya Star (11-6) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Harlestone Wood 13-8fav (9-3) Held up in 4th, switched left inside final 3f, led approaching final 2f, edged right under pressure and narrowly headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, no extra final strides, 2nd of 5, hd behind Malekov (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Faraway Land (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, effort over 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 28l behind Suraj (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Apr.
Polarity 22-1 (9-8) Tracked leader, ridden 4f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 16l behind Birdwatcher (8-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar '11.
Lion's Maid 66-1 (8-5) Steadied start, always behind, losing touch 4f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Daring Damsel (8-9) at Kempton 1m 3f Fillies Maiden Auction Stakes (3-5yo) (6) pol in Apr.