LAUGHING JACK has made the frame over shorter trips on the Polytrack recently. He's gone close over hurdles before so this longer trip holds no fears and he gets the nod. Timocracy won at Windsor under today's apprentice last month and can figure again along with Eagle Nebula, whose close-up fourth at Newmarket last time entitles him to consideration. Maydream had Shades Of Grey behind at Bath recently but usually saves her best for that track but Castlemorris King and Ninfea have claims on the best of last year's form.
Laughing Jack 12-1 (9-0) Steadied and switched left after start, held up well in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd towards finish, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Refractor (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Achalas (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In touch, headway to track leaders over 6f out, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 13l behind Quiz Mistress (8-12) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Timocracy 12-1 (8-5) Made all, ridden over 2f out, soon pressed, kept on gamely, just held on, won at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr beating Reset City (8-11) by shd, 15 ran.
Mister Fizz 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along over 8f out, outpaced over 3f out, rallied over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 13, 12l behind Ballyheigue (8-11) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Magicalmysterytour (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Last pair, reminders in rear over 5f out, soon lost touch, tailed off and eased, last of 9, well behind Exemplary (9-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Eagle Nebula 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 18, 1 1/4l behind Knowe Head (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Castlemorris King 7-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Rasheed (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
First Battalion (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, never involved, last of 13, 20l behind Star Commander (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Ninfea (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on to lead inside final furlong, all out, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating Rodrigo De Freitas (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Shades Of Grey 7-2fav (9-5) Held up, headway on outside over 2f out, one pace and no impression when hung left over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Maydream (8-11) at Bath 1m 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Maydream 7-2fav (8-11) Steadied start, held up headway over 2f out, went 3rd on inside over 1f out, soon switched right, led inside final furlong, ridden and held on near finish, won at Bath 1m 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Now What (8-10) by hd, 9 ran.
Cookieshake 33-1 (8-6) Dwelt, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 23l behind Daruband (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Phonic (IRE) 2-1 (9-8) Held up mid-division, headway over 8f out to track leaders, went 2nd 5f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 9l behind Refractor (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Hamilton Hill 11-2 (8-2) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, kept on, held close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Bold Cross (8-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.