AMTIRED returned from a spell hurdling to gain a convincing victory over the course and distance a week ago and it's unlikely a 6lb penalty will pose too many problems. Layla's Boy ran a shocker last time and it was only a seller that he finished runner-up in three days earlier. Amazing Blue Sky won a much better race than this on soft ground at Haydock last summer and is on a 15lb lower mark, though he has a long absence to overcome as has Dubara Reef. The front-running Maslak beat Layla's Boy in a seller here last month but has finished last in both subsequent starts.
Amtired 3-1fav (9-3) Held up, headway on outer 4f out, pressed leader over 3f out, ridden and every chance from over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Linroyale Boy (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Layla's Boy 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 9, 24l behind Dewala (9-5) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.
Amazing Blue Sky 33-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 17l behind Sky Khan (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Maslak (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Prominent, led over 8f out, ridden over 4f out, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 37l behind Amtired (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Neighbourhood (USA) 16-1 (8-11) In touch, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 15l behind Jacobs Son (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Dubara Reef (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, under pressure over 3f out, soon beaten, 5th of 13, 14l behind Tinseltown (9-8) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) gf in Jul.