Pie Poudre will have needed last month's comeback at Kempton and is only a pound higher than when successful over C&D last April. Roy Brotherton's five-year-old isn't out of this while top weight Princess Gail could easily improve again this year, though lacks a recent run. This may chiefly concern recent winners Flying Applause and CWMNI with preference for the latter who was a comfortable scorer over C&D last month and looks capable of defying a 4lb higher mark. Just Timmy Marcus may be best of the rest.
Princess Gail 4-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 17l behind Maven (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Just Five (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Caledonia Prince (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Ryedale Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (8-2) Started slowly, in rear, ridden and struggling halfway, 7th of 8, 14l behind Trojan Rocket (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Eyes On 11-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 16l behind Bahia Emerald (9-4) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Roman Ruler (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 13, 10l behind Valley Tiger (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Ashgrove Nell (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Dwelt, held up in last, pushed along over 4f out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 12l behind Flying Applause (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-58) (6) pol.
Tanforan 40-1 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 15, 10l behind Master Of Dance (9-7) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Polar Auroras 15-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Warbond (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Swinger 22-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden to press winner 3f out until 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 14l behind Dubai Sunshine (8-6) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan.
Pie Poudre 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, switched left 2f out, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 18l behind Rezwaan (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Flying Applause 6-1 (8-10) Soon held up in touch, ridden to close on inside once gap opened 2f out, led over 1f out, edged left entering final furlong, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-58) (6) pol beating Resplendent Alpha (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Cwmni 6-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway when not clear run 2f out, soon switched right, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan beating Look For Love (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Just Timmy Marcus 5-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway entering final 2f, chasing leaders last half furlong, kept on to one paced 3rd last strides, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Warden Bond (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.