Only the bravest of punters will plunge in here as this is almost impossible to call. The speculative vote goes to CAMACHOICE as he's proven in handicaps and had a subsequent winner back in third when scoring at Kempton last month. Strong Conviction is another successful handicapper who made a winning return at Yarmouth while Yourartisonfire showed enough in nurseries last term to suggest he can figure. Dangers abound, with maiden winners Rottingdean and Iberis representing powerful yards while the likes of Aetna and Emerging opened their accounts more recently. Al Mukhdam and Loch Moy can also be considered on their best form of last year.
Yourartisonfire 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Columella (8-8) at Warwick 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Lilac Tree 3-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Swift Bounty (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Camachoice (IRE) 11-4 (9-1) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged left, driven out, won at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp (4) pol in Mar beating Carry On Sydney (9-7) by nk, 6 ran.
Living The Life (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) In rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 6, 6l behind Prophets Pride (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Aetna 16-1 (9-0) Dwelt in touch towards rear, smooth headway from over 2f out, joined leader inside final furlong, shaken up to lead near finish, cheekily, won at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar beating Khelman (9-5) by nk, 8 ran.
Strong Conviction 22-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 3f out, led again over 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Cash Is King (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Rottingdean 5-2 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway and switched left to outside 2f out, sustained run from over 1f out, chased leader inside final furlong, driven ahead post, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Tarbawi (9-3) by ns, 11 ran.
Iberis 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, soon ridden, edged right inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Warwick 7f 2yo stks (5) sft in Oct beating Magique (9-0) by shd, 9 ran.
Emerging 4-6fav (9-5) Pressed leader, challenged over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan beating Empowermentofwomen (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Al Mukhdam 5-2fav (9-4) Raced stand side in touch, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 5th of 8, 6l behind Darkening (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Loch Moy 7-4fav (9-3) Relucant to load, tracked leaders, hung left approaching final 2f, soon ridden, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Surge Ahead (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Choral Prince (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Quintilian (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
King of Kudos (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Raced wide held up, carried very wide into straight 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 4l behind Yarroom (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.