Mataajir is in good form but has only once run at a trip this far and that was two years ago and his five victories have been at 7f and a mile. Marina Ballerina finished tailed off in a handicap over a mile here on New Year's Day then stepped up to this trip and recorded her maiden victory the following day for which she's been raised 6lb. Booktheband has his first start on the surface but has a bit more scope than most of these, though this looks destined for GRANDAD MAC. Scobie Coogan's charge has really found his form in recent weeks, scoring twice over 1m4f where he's been prominent throughout and stayed on strongly. He easily holds Kyllachykov and Dontpaytheferryman on those runs.
Grandad Mac 11-4fav (9-3) Pressed leader, led over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Rancho Montoya (9-0) by 1l, 8 ran.
Wrecking Ball (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Playing up in stalls, awkward leaving them, soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 10l behind Artistical (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Marina Ballerina 7-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Southwell 1m 3f (5) fbs beating Strandfield Bay (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
With Hindsight (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) In touch on outer, chased leaders and pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 41l behind King Olav (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Led narrowly, headed over 5f out, soon lost place, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, 33l behind Grandad Mac (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Entrapping 12-1 (9-1) Took keen hold towards rear, headway on inside when carried head high over 1f out, run flattened out inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Brave Decision (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Kyllachykov (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 5f out, soon driven and no impression with front pair, lost modest 3rd over 2f out, 4th of 7, 8l behind Grandad Mac (8-11) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-62 (6) fbs.
Mataajir (USA) 6-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, ridden 2f out, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd and press winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Queen Of Skies (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Booktheband (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, lost place over 5f out, soon behind, 8th of 10, 25l behind Kastini (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Oriental Cavalier 25-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, 7th of 10, 10l behind Daniel Thomas (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Kheskianto (IRE) 40-1 (8-5) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 13l behind Mosman (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Nov.