Lithograph and Jacob McCandles represent a couple of this track's most prolific yards so it would be no surprise to see either show a big improvement on their return to action. They do have plenty to find on their Fibresand debuts, however, and a tentative vote goes to HANDSOME KING. He has a third over 7f here last month to recommend him, though still has to be forgiven a poor effort on his latest start. Hurdles winner Black Dragon is hard to assess on his debut on the level, while Roughlyn is another looking to improve for his first start at the course.
Black Dragon 20-1 (10-7) Pulled hard, held up, headway to lead 2nd, clear 5th, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, well behind Open Hearted (11-7) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gs in Feb.
Handsome King 14-1 (9-13) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 10l behind Three Bards (8-8) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.
Jacob Mccandles 11-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, pulled hard early, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 20l behind Alsahil (8-7) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Thackeray 7-1 (9-0) Keen raced wide, held up in touch, headway to track leaders over 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden and hung left over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 10l behind Favorite Girl (9-0) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.
Reveal The Light 66-1 (8-9) Dwelt in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 22l behind Complexion (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m fll hcp (5) sft in Jul.
Gold Deal (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) Tracked winner 1f, chased leaders, ridden 3f out, no impression, 6th of 10, 11l behind Three Bards (8-8) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.
Roughlyn 11-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 11, 12l behind Cape Savannah (8-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Wilander Phoenix Reach gelding out of Lady Soleas.
Lithograph (USA) 11-4 (8-12) Soon led, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 17l behind Amoralist (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.