Bush Warrior has finished closest of those with experience having found only one too good on the Polytrack in March. For Ayman was spotted making late progress on his debut at Kempton in October but Boy In The Bar was well beaten at Haydock. Al Senad proved a disappointment when sent off favourite at Pontefract on his return. He'll be looking to make amends but looks nothing special and a chance is taken on the newcomer TELMEYD. The William Haggas-trained colt has plenty of speed in his pedigree and makes more appeal than Belletriste.
Al Senad 6-5fav (9-0) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Active Spirit (9-0) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Boy In The Bar 20-1 (9-0) Went left start, ran green and hung left throughout, well outpaced in rear, headway far side over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 10l behind True Comment (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Bush Warrior (IRE) 9-4 (9-0) Went freely to post, slowly away and swerved left, headway halfway to be in touch, ridden and ran on to go 2nd close home, no threat to winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Rock N Rouge (8-9) at Lingfield 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
For Ayman 50-1 (9-5) Slowly away, behind, headway over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Terhaab (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Mercury Magic 15-2 (9-3) Chased leaders on inside, lost place over 3f out, behind final 2f, 9th of 10, 29l behind Lightning Moon (9-3) at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (5) sft.
Telmeyd Dutch Art colt out of Blithe.
Zand Man Zahran gelding out of Sainara.
Belletriste (FR) Literato filly out of Mulled Wine.
Khelfan 7-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Boy Wonder (9-0) at Yarmouth 5f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Apr.