Rannoch Moor is an interesting debutant for a stable among the winners and pedigree suggests that this sort of trip is ideal, though preference is for DR FINLEY ahead of Manxman. The Michael Bell-trained selection has had a few chances so far, going close on three occasions in turf maidens last summer. The step up in trip here should be able to help bring about a little improvement, and provided he doesn't have any issues with this surface on his first try then he will be tough to beat. Manxman was sent off at 20/1 in a similar contest here earlier in the month and finished only a length adrift of the winner. That was a marked improvement on his debut and he looks capable of better, so he is much respected. Gra Adhmhar is going the right way and is another who could come on further for this extra furlong or so, though this may represent the boundary of his stamina. Although related to success over sprint trips, Rannoch Moor has bags of stamina in the bloodlines and could go very close here, though we will just side with the experience of Dr Finley.
Dr Finley (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Led, brought field across to take stands side rail in straight, pushed along over 2f out, driven, headed entering final 1f, soon not quicken, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Avon Lady (8-12) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct.
Gra Adhmhar (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) In touch on inner, ridden well over 1f out, headway and swtched left inside final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 10, 6l behind Peadar Miguel (8-8) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb.
Manxman (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Led, headed over 3f out, outpaced 2f out, rallied final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 5, 1 1/4l behind Power Series (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Rannoch Moor Hernando colt out of Stormy Weather.
Stadium Of Light (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Led to over 4f out, stayed close up until weakened 2f out, 8th of 13, 20l behind Tertiary (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Asterrlini (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Keen, tracked leader, until over 4f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 5th of 9, 12l behind Mawaddah (8-10) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
My Nan Nell (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Started very slowly, pulled hard in rear, never a factor, 6th of 12, 4l behind Dream On Buddy (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Swindlers Lass (IRE) 100-1 (8-3) Close up on outer until halfway, soon behind, 9th of 10, 22l behind Peadar Miguel (8-8) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb.