Spruzzo has just the one victory to his name since landing this in 2011. Rock Relief is fresh from hurdling but is 5lb higher than last year's win on the Flat at Newcastle. Rockawango was tailed off over 2m2f here the last time he competed on the level and Scribe has done all his winning on the all-weather so far. Tartan Jura has leading claims despite a penalty having returned to winning ways at Southwell last week but a chance is taken on NEW YOUMZAIN. Lightly-raced for his age and back on a winning mark, a change of surroundings may have freshened him up and he's taken to make a winning start for Micheal Appleby.
Tartan Jura 7-4fav (8-12) Disputed lead until led over 4f out, driven 3f out, joined over 1f out, found extra towards finish, won at Southwell 2m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs beating Teajaybe (8-13) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
New Youmzain (FR) 11-1 (9-6) Hampered start, held up, some headway over 2f out, soon no futher progress, 8th of 12, 9l behind Perfect Heart (9-9) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Rock Relief (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Soon with leader, pushed along 4f out, no extra final furlong, 8th of 13, 10l behind Big Time Billy (8-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Rockawango (FR) 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led after 4f, headed when ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Madam Lilibet (9-0) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Scribe (IRE) 5-2 (9-6) Chased winner until over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Singzak (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Spruzzo 50-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened 4f out, last of 13, 40l behind Arthurs Secret (11-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) sft in Mar.
Jawaab (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Soon outpaced and towards rear, in touch halfway, outpaced over 4f out, no chance with leaders after, went remote 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Pass The Time (9-0) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Fade To Grey (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leader until 5f out, outpaced 3f out, tailed off, last of 3, 33l behind Mahadee (8-12) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Joyful Motive 16-1 (8-0) Chased leader 3f, chased clear leading pair, outpaced and no chance over 2f out, lost modest 3rd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 12l behind Suprise Vendor (8-6) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Longshadow 33-1 (10-10) Chased leader, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 12th of 13, 37l behind Arthurs Secret (11-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) sft in Mar.