Mallory Heights made steady progress in his first season and is the type to improve further now going down the handicap route. Pivotal Silence came good at Kempton on his reappearance and may have more to offer while Akdam won a Wolverhampton maiden last month, though doesn't appear to have been done any favours by the handicapper. GETAWAY CAR is a bit more exposed than some of his rivals but has a pedigree which suggests the step up to middle-distances this year will suit and he could represent a bit of value back on Turf. Inessa Armand didn't beat much at Kempton last time, however, while Just A Pound may need this and Brick Rising has proved disappointing. Hello Sailor needs more of a comeback third at Nottingham.
Mallory Heights (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Off the pace in 7th, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Ningara (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Akdam (IRE) 5-2fav (8-5) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway 4f out, led well over 1f out, soon hung left and headed narrowly, led again inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar beating Story Writer (9-12) by hd, 9 ran.
Pivotal Silence 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, strongly pressed when edged right under pressure inside final furlong, held on gamely, all out, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Town Mouse (9-7) by nk, 8 ran.
Just A Pound (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened soon after, 9th of 10, 25l behind Felix Fabulla (9-6) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Getaway Car 6-1 (9-2) Mid-division, lost place over 5f out, headway on outside over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, ran on closing stages, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Run It Twice (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Inessa Armand (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort on inside over 2f out, ridden and went 2nd 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Miss Tiger Lily (9-4) by hd, 8 ran.
Hello Sailor 10-1 (9-5) Chased winner until well over 2f out, dropped to 4th place inside final 3f, rallied to modest 3rd again inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Stepping Ahead (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Brick Rising 25-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7f out, ridden and dropped to 3rd 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 9l behind Inessa Armand (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.