LIGHTNING CLOUD won five times in 2011 and didn't have much racing last season. He ended his campaign with a tremendous run in a better handicap than this at Ascot in October and Kevin Ryan should have him fit enough to make a winning return. No Poppy thrives on ground with some give as she showed in the autumn when completing a double. She's won seven times from 42 runs but is now on her highest mark though Adam Carter's claim is a bonus. Zacynthus is a fast ground specialist so his final run of last year at Ascot should be ignored but Nameitwhatyoulike has done best when the mud is flying and is unlikely to get his conditions here. The selection's stablemate Ardmay hasn't had much racing and can do best of the remainder.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Chased winner until well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind Maverik (9-0) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Raced near side, with leader, led 3f out, came clear that side over 1f out, headed by winner on far side close home, 3rd of 26, 3/4l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
No Poppy (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Raced centre close up, outpaced and dropped to rear halfway, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Hippy Hippy Shake (9-1) at Newmarket 1m fll hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Chosen Character (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Went left start, headway to lead after 2f, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 18th of 22, 14l behind Levitate (8-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Wannabe King 25-1 (8-6) Dwelt, held up towards rear far side group, weakened over 2f out, 18th of 20, 25l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Zacynthus (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Raced near side, held up, never on terms, 20th of 26, 12l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
Mehdi (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leader stands side, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 5l behind Gabriel's Lad (8-10) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Oct.
Ardmay (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Keen pressed leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon hung right, hung left and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Fire Ship (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Oct.
Nameitwhatyoulike 10-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakening when short of room over 1f out, 15th of 18, 20l behind Educate (9-8) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Dubai Dynamo 33-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 20th of 22, 16l behind Levitate (8-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Xilerator (IRE) 40-1 (7-13) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened approaching final furlong, 17th of 20, 14l behind Move In Time (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gd.
Toto Skyllachy 9-2 (9-0) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, soon every chance, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Justonefortheroad (9-3) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Powerful Presence (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Led until over 2f out, rallied approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 6l behind Kingscroft (8-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Fast Shot 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 18, 9l behind Thunderball (8-12) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Mar.