ALAGHIRAAR went close in a similar event over C&D at this time last year but is 12lb lower on this occasion and today's amateur takes another 5lb off his back. He gets the nod ahead of top weight Beneath and Dianne Sayer's two runners, Talk Of Saafend and Cool Baranca, with the latter looking potentially well-handicapped back on the Flat having recorded a hat-trick over hurdles last month. So Is She is usually thereabouts while the veterans Mustajed and William's Way have both won several times under today's riders.
Beneath 5-1 (9-4) Led after 1f, soon clear, headed over 4f out, soon weakened, last of 6, well behind Isdaal (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Alaghiraar (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up, behind and eased from over 4f out, last of 10, well behind Magic Millie (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Commerce 14-1 (9-1) Chased winner over 8f out until over 3f out, weakened rapidly, last of 11, 34l behind Megalala (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Laconicos (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Keen chased winner until over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 7l behind Maslak (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (5) pol in Feb.
Mustajed 8-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden over 4f out, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 4th of 10, 5l behind Light The City (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Keen made all, set steady pace, ridden 2f out, hung left and stayed on final furlong, won at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) gs beating Spruzzo (10-10) by 2l, 11 ran.
Excellent Vision 16-1 (9-0) Always behind, 11th of 12, 23l behind Join Up (8-9) at Bath 1m hcp (6) gs.
Merrjanah 9-1 (8-2) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 11l behind Smart Step (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Mayan Flight (IRE) 11-4 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Visions Of Johanna (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
William's Way 4-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, chased leaders over 3f out, effort over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 18l behind Captain Bellamy (10-3) at Southwell 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
So Is She (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and close up 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Harare (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Cool Baranca (GER) 18-1 (9-5) Disputed lead, led 5f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 5l behind My Mate Jake (9-11) at Redcar 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.