Solar Spirit was runner-up over C&D last April with Arry's Orse and Red Cape behind and is 4lb lower on this occasion. He should go well along with C&D winner Toby Tyler, who may reverse recent running at Southwell with Klynch back on the turf, while Hamoody has claims with an apprentice on board for his return. Fast Shot looked in the handicapper's grip at the end of last season but MR OPTIMISTIC is only 11lb higher than when scoring at Ayr last May. He has an absence to overcome but Richard Fahey has already begun registering the winners and his four-year-old should be capable of further improvement this year. Caranbola could prove best of the rest.
Hamoody (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, headway to go in touch over 3f out, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Mac Gille Eoin (9-2) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Fast Shot 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Clockmaker (9-7) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Arganil (USA) 18-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened entering straight, 12th of 13, 13l behind Elusive Ridge (9-2) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Dec.
Able Master (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 14th of 21, 10l behind Internationaldebut (9-9) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Mr Optimistic 5-1fav (9-1) Dwelt, mid-division far side group, riddden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 14th of 22, 7l behind Magical Macey (9-7) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Klynch 20-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, stayed on to go 4th post, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 7l behind Caldercruix (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Red Cape (FR) 20-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden, edged left and checked over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 4l behind Island Legend (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Toby Tyler 14-1 (9-4) Dwelt raced wide towards rear, ridden halfway, no impression, 8th of 9, 14l behind Caldercruix (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Whozthecat (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) In touch, ridden halfway, sligthly outpaced over 1f out, stayed on near finish, just failed to take 2nd, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Even Stevens (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Caranbola 7-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed and unable to quicken, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Misplaced Fortune (9-6) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Another Citizen (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) In touch on inner, ridden oiver 1f out, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 17l behind Beckermet (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Dickie Le Davoir 14-1 (8-4) Outpaced in rear, never a factor, 9th of 10, 17l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Solar Spirit (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) In touch on inisde, chased clear and easy winner 3f out, soon ridden, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 15, 11l behind Jonny Lesters Hair (9-3) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Arry's Orse 12-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 17, 13l behind Amenable (9-5) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Tabaret 22-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed and one pace, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Colourbearer (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.