A large chunk of a penalty for December's win at Uttoxeter is offset by a conditional's claim so HORIZONTAL SPEED looks to have every chance of going in again. Philip Hobbs' charge makes more appeal than Fountains Mary, who scored on a faster surface at Plumpton on her debut while Garryleigh has his first start under Rules for David Pipe since landing a point-to-point in April 2011. Princess Annabelle has plenty to find despite getting lumps of weight but it's worth keeping an eye on the newcomers Lightentertainment and Milo Man, especially the latter who cost 60,000euros as a three-year-old.
Horizontal Speed (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 10f out, led over 3f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Uttoxeter 2m mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Dec beating Salto Chisco (11-2) by 5l, 10 ran.
Fountains Mary 11-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway after halfway, led 7f out, headed narrowly over 6f out, regained lead over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held on well, won at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov beating Viva Steve (11-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Garryleigh (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Ww mid div, until fair 7th & mstk 5out, prog 3out, chall 2out, ld bef last & ran green flat, row, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '11 beating American Caesar (11-7) by 1l, 9 ran.
Lightentertainment (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Dochas Supreme.
Milo Man (IRE) Milan gelding out of Rilmount.
Its April Pasternak mare out of Lorgnette.
Rowanna (IRE) Vinnie Roe mare out of Baytrix.
Weld's Pride 80-1 (10-6) Soon struggling in rear, tailed off halfway, last of 14, well behind Gee Hi (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gs in Jan '12.
Princess Annabelle 8-1 (9-7) Held up in touch until outapced 5f out, rallied over 2f out, went 4th entering final 2f, 4th of 8, 9l behind Guanciale (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.