Merrjanah retuned to action with a second over a shorter trip here and makes most appeal of those with a handicap rating. Bygones For Coins is better off at the weights with the latter but arrives in dreadful form while Rano Pano and Pobs Trophy have been hurdling and will need to step up on their earlier efforts on the Flat to figure. STORY WRITER won't have to be a world-beater to come out best on his belated racecourse debut as he's related to a couple of winners, Bill Knight's charge might just be good enough to score.
Pobs Trophy 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leading pair, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 7th of 8, 22l behind Vertueux (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Reggie Rabbit 66-1 (10-7) Mid-division, pushed along 7f out, struggling 6f out, no impression, 7th of 13, 36l behind Runswick Royal (10-12) at Haydock 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (4) sft in Nov.
Story Writer Sakhee gelding out of Celestial Princess.
Bygones For Coins (IRE) 14-1 (8-0) Dwelt, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 24l behind Pivotal Prospect (9-1) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) hvy in Oct.
Merrjanah 12-1 (9-1) Set steady pace until quickened over 3f out, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, carried right, kept on well, 2nd of 10, nk behind Malindi (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Maiden Fillies Stakes (4yo+) (5) pol.
Johns Porridge 33-1 (8-12) Dwelt soon pushed along, always in rear, last of 10, 35l behind Syncopate (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Nova Nimph 100-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden over 7f out, weakened over 3f out, 6th of 8, 23l behind Stunning View (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Rano Pano (USA) 8-1 (8-5) Dwelt mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 4th of 12, 11l behind Norfolk Sky (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Sep.