Hawkeyethenoo is 15lb higher than when successful in this 12 months ago on much softer ground and is probably worth taking on today. Cheveton is best over 5f but Our Jonathan could be interesting after a good third at Doncaster last month, though he's been raised a couple of pounds since. Pastoral Player came back to form at Ffos Las in October and Edinburgh Knight is only a pound higher than when beating Silaah at Lingfield in December, though hasn't shown the same level of form on turf so far. Prime Defender wasn't beaten far behind Genki in a Listed race over C&D last time and is dropped into handicap company for the first time in more than a year but Dandy Nicholls is a master at preparing horses for this type of test and it would be no surprise if one of his four entries carried off the lion's share of the prize money. Wildcat Wizard is gradually easing toward a decent mark and caught the eye at Pontefract last time but the vote goes to DOCOFTHEBAY. He's a similar type to Redford, who did so well for the yard last year, in that he's raced over longer trips so far throughout his career. But the seven-year-old has been showing plenty of speed on the all-weather recently and is ideally placed to arrive late off the pace here in stall 23. The ex-Italian Lui Rei may be best of the rest.
Prime Defender 14-1 (9-5) Pressed leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 2l behind Genki (9-5) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Apr.
Citrus Star (USA) 33-1 (9-7) Raced far side in touch, joined leader 2f out, every chance over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, kept on, 8th of 30, 2 3/4l behind Docofthebay (8-12) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Barney McGrew (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) Mid-division, ran on well final 400m, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind War Artist (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp gd in Feb.
Swilly Ferry (USA) 28-1 (9-6) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 19th of 20, 48l behind Fathsta (8-13) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Lui Rei (ITY) 9-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Inxile (9-9) at Naas 5f Listed stks (1) in Apr.
Colonel Mak 28-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 10th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Horseradish (9-3) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Cheveton 16-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, not clear run and switched right over 2f out, never dangerous, 14th of 17, 11l behind Russian Spirit (8-12) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) gs in Nov.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, lost place halfway, eased, 13th of 20, 23l behind Fathsta (8-13) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Pastoral Player 4-1 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, not clear run over 2f out, soon edged right, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, won at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct beating Below Zero (9-1) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Johannes (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Close up and keen, ridden and no extra 1f out, 12th of 20, 6l behind Horseradish (9-3) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Docofthebay (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) In touch stands side group, led stands side group over 2f out, soon headed, no extra final furlong, 6th of 21, 12l behind Sweet Lightning (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in Apr.
Drawnfromthepast (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Pastoral Player (9-3) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Our Jonathan 8-1 (9-0) Went left start, in rear, headway on outer over 1f out, soon chased winner, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 20, 1l behind Horseradish (9-3) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Tiddliwinks 4-1fav (9-7) Dwelt, held up towards rear stands side group, not much room 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 17th of 25, 6l behind Colonel Mak (9-4) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gd in Sep.
Five Star Junior (USA) 17-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, faded, 8th of 12, 14l behind Noble Storm (9-7) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gf in Apr.
Jack My Boy (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Chased leader, slightly wide on bend over 3f out and soon lost 2nd, ridden to challenge and every chance from 2f out until weakened towards finish, 4th of 6, 1 1/2l behind Fathsta (8-8) at Warwick 7f stks (3) gf in Apr.
Silaah 8-1 (9-6) Reared start, raced on outside in mid-division, ridden halfway, soon hung left and no progress, 9th of 14, 11l behind Falasteen (8-13) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Wildcat Wizard (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division and keen, headway on outer over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Flipando (9-1) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Apr.
Fratellino 10-1 (9-7) Soon outpaced, never on terms, 10th of 14, 12l behind Falasteen (8-13) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Fireback 20-1 (8-10) With leader, led 2f out, soon ridden, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 18, 2 1/2l behind Irish Heartbeat (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Edinburgh Knight (IRE) 15-2 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway on outside well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led towards finish, won going away, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec beating Silaah (8-8) by 1l, 11 ran.
Curtains 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, idled near finish, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Norville (8-10) by nk, 12 ran.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, wide on bend halfway, no progress over 2f out, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Mac's Power (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Rocket Rob (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Slowly away, pushed along behind, never a factor, 14th of 17, 9l behind Breathless Kiss (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Hamoody (USA) 22-1 (8-5) Behind and pushed along, switched left over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 10th of 17, 6l behind Breathless Kiss (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Baldemar 5-1 (9-5) Raced wide towards rear, never a factor, 7th of 9, 6l behind Best Trip (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Clear Praise (USA) 9-4fav (9-3) Steadied start and switched right, in rear, switched left 2f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Best Trip (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.