Hallstatt was just touched off at Wolverhampton last month and makes more appeal than Jawaab and Maslak, who have also been in action on the all-weather. Micky Hammond saddles C&D winner Danceintothelight and Amir Pasha, who has a good record over hurdles at the track, and both have to be considered while top weight may not be enough to prevent a prominent showing from the returning Mohawk Ridge. White Deer only won a seller here last year but there wasn't a lot wrong with his comeback third at Wolverhampton and he gets on well with Robert Winston. But he's giving 9lb to HI DANCER, who has come right back to form over hurdles lately and never looked in danger in defeat at Sedgefield eight days ago. Ben Haslam's nine-year-old looks the one to beat.
Mohawk Ridge 9-2 (9-11) Prominent, chased winner over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 2nd of 12, 13l behind Gaselee (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Hallstatt (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 8, ns behind Veloce (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Jawaab (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 14l behind Copper Canyon (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
White Deer (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure 3f out, went 3rd and effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Bilidn (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Danceintothelight 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, headway under pressure over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on well, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Miss Ferney (8-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Maslak (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Set steady pace, quickened over 7f out, headed just over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Chookie Hamilton (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Golden Future 9-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 9, 4l behind Maybeme (8-2) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 20-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, tracked leader until 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 22l behind Magic Millie (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Stansonnit 22-1 (9-2) Always in rear, 11th of 14, 18l behind Fluctuation (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Mahfal (FR) 12-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, lost place over 3f out, soon beaten, 8th of 10, 12l behind Maid Of Meft (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bavarian Nordic (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Mainly tracked leader until ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind C P Joe (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Hi Dancer 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, ridden into 3rd 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Vittachi (8-9) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.