There are 22 runners in this race.
Looked a likely type for this race when bolting up on 1m Redcar handicap debut (soft) last autumn. That was only his fourth start so major surprise if there isn't more to come. Leading claims.
|9-7||James Doyle||Simon & Ed ||5/1||4.5/1||10|
|169||12 Al Mubhir
Improved form encountering testing ground for the first time when winning 14-runner Haydock handicap (1m) on final 3-y-o start. Did that readily and it's probable this lightly-raced type will kick on again this year. Trainer has won this 4 times.
|9-2||Andrea Atzeni||William Haggas||5/1||4/1||20|
Largely progressive profile, bouncing back from a lesser run at Glorious Goodwood (failed to stay 1¼m) when seeing off a few of today's rivals over 1m at Haydock on his final 3-y-o start. Likely capable of better again this year.
|9-1||Jim Crowley||Charles Hills||9/1||10/1||11|
Capped off a very solid 3-y-o campaign with a win in 16-runner C&D handicap (good to soft) in September, staying on to lead in the closing stages and beat Empirestateofmind by ½ length. Could have more to come this year. Respected.
|9-5||Kieran Shoemark||Charlie Fellowes||10/1||14/1||40|
Placed in Group 1 Futurity over C&D at 2. Spent the majority of the next 2 seasons in the doldrums but bounced back to form with a bang to make a winning start for new trainer George Boughey in a 7f course handicap (heavy) last November. Could be even more to come for this yard. Player.
|9-2||Kevin Stott||George Boughey||14/1||9/1||36|
Progressive last year, scoring at Wetherby and Goodwood before posting some good efforts in top-end handicaps in midsummer, including fourth in Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot. Another fine run when second of 12 to Wanees over 1m at Haydock final start. Tongue tied first time.
|9-3||Cieren Fallon||William Haggas||14/1||11/1||21|
|161||14 Jimi Hendrix
Excellent third in the Britannia at Royal Ascot prior to narrowly landing a 1m handicap at Newmarket July meeting. Not so good later in the seson but no shock were he to revive after a break. Won a soft-ground maiden on previous visit here.
|9-1||Rossa Ryan||Ralph Beckett||14/1||12/1||14|
Smart performer who showed he can go well fresh and be very competitive off this sort of mark when going close in Newbury Sping Cup off 1 lb lower on last year's reappearance. Benoit de la Sayette takes a handy 3 lb off.
|9-12||Benoit De La ||David Menuisier||16/1||18/1||13|
Took very well to the demands of a big-field handicap when landing the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (9f) on his final 4-y-o start. More on his plate off 7 lb higher here but his profile is one of steady progression.
|8-12||George Bass||Jack Channon||16/1||25/1||56|
Better than ever in second half of 2022, winning 16-runner event at Thirsk (1m) and excellent runner-up efforts on final 2 starts, chasing home Atrium over C&D (16 ran) before going down only to a Haggas improver (20 ran) at York. Evidently well suited to big-field handicaps.
|9-4||Taylor Fisher||John Quinn||16/1||12/1||25|
Irish Cambridgeshire winner in 2021 and it didn't take him long to find his feet for this new yard in the second half of last season, culminating with fine second of 15 over 7f here (heavy) in October. Stable always to be feared in these events.
|9-2||Daniel Tudhope||David O'Meara||22/1||25/1||14|
Bagged another 3 handicaps on turf last spring and acquitted himself with credit from higher marks later in season. Shaped as if retaining all his ability when seventh of 13 in Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton on return. Should be spot on now.
|9-4||David Allan||Tim Easterby||25/1||33/1||32|
Real success story for this yard, gaining fourth success of 2022 at Catterick (7f, heavy) in October. Not seen to best effect in Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton on reappearance and should be sharper with that run behind him.
|8-11||Cam Hardie||Harriet Bethell||25/1||20/1||20|
|168||7 Safe Voyage
Veteran but still very useful last year, reaching the frame in valuable handicaps at Leopardstown (7f, soft) and Ascot (1m, good to soft) last autumn. Only mid-division in this on last year's reappearance, though.
|9-4||Jason Hart||John Quinn||28/1||20/1||29|
Improved to win at Windsor in September. Met trouble when fifth to Helm Rock at Haydock next time and straight back on the up when seeing off 13 rivals at Chelmsford on final start. Potential for better again in 2023 but his best form has come under different conditions than he'll face here.
|9-1||Harry Burns||Simon & Ed ||28/1||40/1||43|
Possibly not the eaisest to train (never had more than 3 outings in a season) but he did quickly develop into a very useful handicapper for Joseph O'Brien in Ireland. New connections acquired him for 22,000 gns last autumn.
|8-13||Jonny Peate||Roger Fell||33/1||50/1||52|
AW novice winner who took a big jump forward when doubling his tally at Thirsk (1m, soft) in September. Respectable sixth of 12 to Wanees (Montassib second, Boardman fourth) on final start. Still fairly low-mileage for stable which hit the ground running last spring.
|8-13||David Probert|| James Horton||33/1||18/1||45|
|21||16 Eilean Dubh
5-y-o who was most progressive in bagging some valuable prizes last term, latterly a 10-runner York handicap (1m) on final start in July. Entitled to have needed his first outing in 8 months at Wolverhampton 3 weeks ago but he'll need a big step forward to go close here.
|9-0||Clifford Lee||K R Burke||40/1||40/1||0|
Useful handicapper who has been in decent form on AW this winter without suggesting he's likely to be winning a race as competitive as this back on turf.
|9-5||Aidan Keeley||Roger Varian||50/1||40/1||20|
Largely consistent sort who was a good third in Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood last July and also placed at the Ayr Western meeting in September. Sixth is the best he's managed in 2 previous attempts in this race, though.
|8-12||Hollie Doyle||Richard Spencer||66/1||40/1||39|
|176||20 Helm Rock
Won at Carlisle and Wolverhampton in August before notching his third win of the campaign at 14-runner handicap at Haydock (1m, good) in September. However, well held in big-field handicap at York final start and vulnerable in this company on his return to action.
|8-12||Ben Curtis||Daniel & Claire ||66/1||33/1||50|
|42||3 Witch Hunter
Has done well since equipped with cheekpieces, winning at Wolverhampton in December and smart effort when going close at Lingfield 6 weeks ago (both 7f). Yet to show he's as effective on turf, though, and also has stamina to prove tackling 1m for the first time.
|9-6||Sean Levey||Richard Hannon||66/1||50/1||24|