Touzr ran green on his only start at Sandown last year but much better on his reappearance at Lingfield and is a leading contender in this. Master Of Suspense has shown promise at a decent level and Garraun was second on his racecourse debut at Kempton in December, though the application of headgear is not a positive sign. Byron's Gold needs to improve on a couple of efforts last year, however, as does Stroll On. DINNERATMIDNIGHT makes his first appearance but is closely related to three winning sprinters, including Group 3 winner Dutch Masterpiece, and his stable has made a flying start to the campaign - Ralph Beckett's newcomer gets a tentative vote.
Island Express (IRE) 100-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 19l behind Active Spirit (9-0) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) gd.
Dinneratmidnight Kyllachy gelding out of The Terrier.
Master Of Suspense 10-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in touch in rear, switched right and headway over 1f out, ridden and soon chased winner, no extra and lost two places towards finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Provident Spirit (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd.
Touzr 11-4 (8-11) Soon led, hard ridden when headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, nk behind Castorienta (8-6) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Yankee Red 66-1 (9-1) Took keen hold tracking leaders, every chance over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Golden Steps (9-1) at Yarmouth 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd.
Backstage Gossip Sakhee's Secret filly out of Theatre Royal.
Byron's Gold 25-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 4l behind Much Promise (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Garraun (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Rearing in stalls, tracked leading trio, pushed along and not quicken 2f out, stayed on under pressure over 1f out, went 2nd final 110 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Lady Crossmar (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Dec.
Setai 7-1 (9-0) Dwelt, led, headed 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Continental Drift (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.
Stroll On (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Mid-division, switched left over 2f out, effort from over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 13, 6l behind Rozene (9-0) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.