A decent prize has brought out a strong line-up including Handsome Man, who looked a potentially decent stayer when scoring over 1m6f at York. NOBLE SILK has a fitness advantage having scored twice on Polytrack this year, the last time in what looked a very strong handicap. There's no reason to believe he won't be as good on Turf and he looks the one to beat. Easy Terms is just 4lb higher than when landing a York handicap last May and he'll be better for having the cobwebs blown off at Pontefract while Suegioo could be a blot on this handicap having won his maiden at Lingfield in November by no less than 9l. With Mark Johnston's horses flying, the German import Oriental Fox is one to keep an eye on.
Crackentorp 33-1 (9-12) Steadied start, soon switched left, in rear, ridden over 4f out, well beaten final 3f, tailed off, 20th of 21, well behind Party Line (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Easy Terms 16-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 4th final 120 yards, 4th of 12, 5l behind Lady Loch (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Oriental Fox (GER) (9-2) 6th of 7, hd behind Snape Maltings (9-2) at Frauenfeld(SWI) 1m 4f stks in Sep.
Handsome Man (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Held up, pushed along over 3f out, headway 2f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, won at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (2) gf in Sep beating Montaser (9-4) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Itlaaq 20-1 (10-0) Behind, some late headway, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 17l behind Gordonsville (9-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Noble Silk 6-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb beating English Summer (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Suegioo (FR) 2-5fav (9-3) In touch, driven to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Elysian (8-12) by 9l, 11 ran.
Nanton (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Behind, headway to chase leaders 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 12, 13l behind Lady Kashaan (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Mar.
Mica Mika (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Broke well, soon chasing leaders, effort over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 7l behind Lady Kashaan (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Mar.
Getabuzz 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, never a factor, 9th of 12, 22l behind Lady Kashaan (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Mar.
Entihaa 22-1 (9-8) Always behind, 8th of 12, 12l behind New Hampshire (9-10) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Suffice (IRE) 18-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 14, 7l behind Buckland (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.