It could pay to stick with the recent winner STRONG MAN. He beat the re-opposing Dhhamaan five lengths at Carlisle last week so it's highly likely Mick Easterby's charge can defy a penalty and go in again. A 4lb rise proved beyond course and distance winner Burnwynd Boy last time and both he and stablemate Foolbythepool are having their first starts since September. Eilean Mor looks a bigger threat on his latest second over a mile here while Goninodaethat finished ahead of Berbice when fourth at Musselburgh last month and looks best of the remainder.
Strong Man 9-2 (9-10) Made all, pushed along over 2f out, soon clear, eased inside final furlong, very easily, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Dhhamaan (9-5) by 5l, 11 ran.
Burnwynd Boy 7-2fav (9-7) Mid-division, headway going well over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 4l behind Cross The Boss (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Foolbythepool 10-1 (9-1) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Marhaba Malayeen (9-6) at Redcar 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Strong Man (9-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Berbice (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Never better than mid-division, short of room over 2f out, 9th of 13, 14l behind Tectonic (9-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Goninodaethat 8-1 (7-13) Soon tracking leader, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Silver Rime (9-0) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Military Call 12-1 (9-0) Tracked winner, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 11l behind Mac Tiernan (9-4) at Ayr 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Eilean Mor 66-1 (8-5) Held up, headway on outer 3f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Tectonic (9-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Touching History (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 14l behind Bygones For Coins (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Ceekay's Girl 40-1 (8-0) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 14l behind Relight My Fire (9-4) at Ayr 7f 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) gf.