Fly Home Harry defied a penalty to score here in December but couldn't manage it a second time when runner-up to Wolf Sword back at this track. Degooch has gone close in both starts in bumpers though the form of his latest second at Market Rasen hasn't worked out. Bryden Boy found only one too good on his debut at Wetherby and should improve for that, but TARA MAC was only beaten a head on her introduction at Kelso and she gets the tentative vote to come out best in an open contest. Aregra is related to multiple winners in France and could prove best of the newcomers.
Fly Home Harry 7-4fav (11-7) Led, driven over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, held inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Wolf Sword (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Buzzard Flight Kayf Tara gelding out of Im Busy.
Degooch (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Bandit Country (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Europe (IRE) Manduro gelding out of Twiggy's Sister.
Hi Bob 33-1 (10-8) Held up, outpaced 10f out, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Diamond King (11-4) at Wetherby 2m mdn nhf (6) sft in Feb '13.
Annie's Act Act One mare out of Nite Fox.
Tara Mac 5-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, soon hard ridden, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, hd behind Knocklayde Express (10-13) at Kelso 2m mrs N H flat (6) gs in Feb.
Aregra (FR) Fragrant Mix gelding out of Elisa De Mai.
Bryden Boy (IRE) 40-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, went 2nd and edged left over 1f out, ridden and every chance when hung left inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Relic Rock (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Transient Bay (IRE) Trans Island gelding out of Boarding Pass.