Absolutely Bygones faded badly in the closing stages of his return to action at Hexham in October but should finish closer in this. However, he has a penalty for his earlier victory at the same track and that could give HIGH VILLE the edge today. The latter went close at Exeter back in April and is likely to have improved during the interim having joined David Pipe since. Queen Olivia finished a creditable second on her debut early this year and makes most appeal of the remainder with experience while Halo Moon is related to bumper winners and is a newcomer to note.
Absolutely Bygones (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Tracked winner until ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 21l behind Claiming Benefits (10-13) at Hexham 2m cond NH flat (6) hvy in Oct.
Executive Strike Executive Perk gelding out of Double Chimes.
Halo Moon Kayf Tara gelding out of Fragrant Rose.
High Ville (IRE) 5-2fav (11-2) Raced keenly, led, ridden and narrowly headed inside final 2f, stayed challenging and every chance throughout final furlong, just held, 2nd of 14, nk behind Aneyeforaseller (10-11) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
I'm Not Telling (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders halfway, pushed along and weakened over 4f out, 8th of 12, 31l behind Urubu D'irlande (11-0) at Taunton 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Thefriendlygremlin 66-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, lost place after 3f, struggling final 6f, 6th of 13, 28l behind Squire Trelawney (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Therenodoubtboutit (IRE) Bach gelding out of Moycarkey Lass.
Jubilee Joy (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Soon ridden along, in rear after 3f, behind 10f out, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Big Casino (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Queen Olivia 25-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway from 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, went 2nd last strides, 2nd of 18, 1 1/2l behind Fairey Delta (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Mar.