Upavon was beaten only a length on his debut at Kempton and makes most appeal of those with experience. Hard Walnut has joined a new yard having finished last at Gowran in October but has the past form to figure while Sand Boy should be monitored in the betting on his first start since July. Mark Johnston won this last term with the more experienced Switzerland although Irish Dream is still worth a second glance on her debut but the speculative vote goes to LAUDATION on his introduction as he's a half-brother to five winning sprinters including Listed winner Corrybrough.
Laudation Royal Applause colt out of Calamanco.
Sand Boy (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Went right start, outpaced, last of 7, 14l behind Red Explorer (9-3) at Ffos Las 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jul.
Upavon 6-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden over 2f out, good headway on inside over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, ridden and stayed on, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Bobby Two Shoes (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Whiteflats 50-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 9l behind Gaelic Wizard (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Hard Walnut (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened entering straight, last of 6, 22l behind Hall Of Mirrors (9-6) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo hcp gd in Oct.
Hester Street Kyllachy filly out of Fascination Street.
Irish Dream Oasis Dream filly out of Royal Blue.