The veteran Salient managed a couple of wins over track and trip last year including this event off a similar mark. He can figure along with Fair Comment, thought the latter has yet to score in 22 starts. Lily Edge has been back on a winning mark for some time but both wins to date came over a shorter trip and a punt is taken on DAWN ROCK in a poor handicap. The latter has to be forgiven a recent below par effort at Kempton but can race off the same mark as when scoring at Brighton in August with Jack Duern taking a further 5lb off her back.
Fair Comment 8-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Olivers Mount (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Black Minstrel (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 15, 21l behind Viewpoint (9-3) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Oct '12.
Kristal Hart 20-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, chased leaders until weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Teide Peak (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Lily Edge 25-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, went 3rd 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, no impression when lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Time Square (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Capetown Kid 25-1 (8-8) Prominent, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 7l behind Maison Brillet (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Edgware Road 6-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, led after about 2f, reminders and ridden when headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, eased entering final furlong, 9th of 10, 21l behind The Bay Bandit (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
Salient 8-1 (8-6) Soon chasing leaders on outside, led over 2f out, ridden and headed just over 1f out, held when hampered on rail and lost 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Novel Dancer (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Dawn Rock 12-1 (8-13) Led until halfway, chased leader until ridden 2f, weakened and eased over 1f out, soon hampered, last of 12, 25l behind I'm Harry (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Hardy Plume 25-1 (8-12) Steadied and hampered after start, took keen hold, held up in rear, not clear run over 1f out, plugged on, 8th of 12, 11l behind I'm Harry (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.