BENZANNO ended last season with a smooth victory in this grade at Haydock and began the new campaign by getting the better of Swing Alone on the Polytrack off a 9lb higher mark. Clearly going the right way, Andrew Balding's charge can complete the hat-trick as Thomas Brown is good value for his 5lb claim. Extraterrestrial is starting to look very well handicapped while Stuart Kittow's pair Weapon Of Choice and Uppercut are worth a second look and Kieran Fallon partners the latter. President Lincoln was second at Leicester on Friday and Gloriam filled the same spot at Redcar at the start of the month while Muffin McLeay ran in the Lincoln, though was well beaten as he was when behind the selection in the autumn.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Towards rear stand side group, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 16th of 20, 18l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Benzanno (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Towards rear, headway entering final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol in Mar beating Swing Alone (8-7) by nk, 9 ran.
Muffin Mcleay (IRE) 100-1 (8-9) Dwelt always in rear, 19th of 22, 15l behind Levitate (8-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Unex Michelangelo (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on to go 3rd, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Blazing Speed (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Discression 5-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 14, 12l behind Born To Surprise (9-2) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Weapon Of Choice (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 7, 4l behind Justonefortheroad (9-3) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Maverik (8-11) 10th of 14, 39l behind Russian Tango (8-11) at St Moritz(SWE) 1m 2f Grp 2 in Feb.
Imperial Djay (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 18, 9l behind Thunderball (8-12) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Mar.
Shavansky 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, switched left to inside 2f out, no real impression after, 8th of 10, 8l behind Validus (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Uppercut 15-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 5th of 15, 4l behind Chosen Character (9-2) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Extraterrestrial 20-1 (8-13) Held up, headway over 2f out, chasing leaders when short of room and hampered over 1f out, not recover, 8th of 18, 6l behind Educate (9-8) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Gloriam (USA) 50-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, one pace, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Fieldgunner Kirkup (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
President Lincoln (USA) 13-2 (8-11) Chased leading pair, ridden over 2f out, kept on to go 2nd towards, not trouble winner, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Music In The Rain (9-1) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.