FATHSTA is hard to oppose in this contest. He's clear of the rest on official ratings and, with improvement expected after a recent pipe-opener at Leicester, David Simcock's charge can return to winning ways. It's difficult to know what to expect from the opposition, as No Hubris scored on his seasonal debut last year only to finish last in four of five subsequent starts, while Beauchamp Yorker made a winning debut in 2009 but was well beaten on his sole start last year. Jack My Boy has the past form to figure but Mujood and Sir Bruno look up against it on today's terms.
No Hubris (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Made most until ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 21, 29l behind Horseradish (8-13) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gs in Nov.
Beauchamp Yorker 12-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, hung left and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 17l behind Uphold (8-13) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Fathsta (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 10l behind Flambeau (8-11) at Leicester 7f Listed stks (1) gf.
Jack My Boy (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Led narrowly, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 11l behind Jimmy Styles (9-2) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Mujood 100-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon lost place, 17th of 25, 16l behind Light From Mars (9-7) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gf.
Sir Bruno (FR) 5-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 8l behind Lutine Bell (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.