Armada Bay has been threatening to get off the mark with placed efforts on the Polytrack and will go close if transferring that form to this surface. NAUGHTYBYCHOICE makes more appeal, however, as he returned to action with a third over track and trip a fortnight ago and the runner-up has subsequently won. Collateral form also gives Ollie Pears' charge the beating of Faither and Multi Fours but Rosie Future may figure if first-time headgear has the required effect. It's hard to make a serious case for any of the rest.
Armada Bay (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Taxiformissbyron (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Naughtybychoice 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, raced wide towards rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, driven over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Poetic Verse (9-7) at Southwell 1m Maiden Handicap (0-55) (3yo) (6) fbs.
Faither 12-1 (8-11) Dwelt raced wide close up, ridden and outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Apache Rising (9-1) at Southwell 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Rosie Future (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Prominent, led 9f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Great Ormond (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Suspension 14-1 (8-12) Chased dleaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 9, 10l behind Bobby Two Shoes (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Luv U Whatever 100-1 (9-3) Soon led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 8, 22l behind Rundell (9-3) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Multi Fours 14-1 (8-7) With winner, led over 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no chance final furlong, lost 2nd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 14l behind Good Evans (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo sell stks (6) pol.
Sylvia's Diamond 100-1 (7-10) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 19l behind Sewn Up (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.