In a tightly-wound race a real chance is taken on NADEEN. Our pick showed abundant promise as a juvenile for Mick Channon before joining this yard, only making his debut for them in September after over a year off the track. Understandably he failed to figure there but in being beaten less than six-lengths in a warm York handicap last time, over a perhaps inadequate five furlongs, he showed a glimmer of promise. With the sixth furlong to suit and a plummeting handicap mark, as well as this drop in grade, Nadeen is chanced ahead of Di Stefano. He's fully 21lbs lower than he started the season and hasn't been with David Nicholls for long; there's a race in him, but whether it's on this ground remains to be seen. Spread Boy is an exposed maiden who is a pound wrong at the weights so Arch Walker and Spinning Spirit, in particular the latter, are considered best of the rest.
Nadeen (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along halfway, ridden and one pace final 2f, 9th of 17, 7l behind Haajes (9-2) at York 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Kylladdie 12-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, no chance final 2f, eased, 16th of 17, 14l behind Haajes (9-2) at York 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Di Stefano 7-1 (9-5) In touch on outside until badly outpaced over 2f out, hung badly left on outside over 1f out, ran on again inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 3l behind Freddie's Girl (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Johannesgray (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Dwelt, held up towards rear, chased leaders after 2f, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 13, 16l behind Piddie's Power (9-0) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Electioneer (USA) 16-1 (8-4) Dwelt outpaced, last of 12, 12l behind Captain Royale (8-5) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Arch Walker (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 18, 10l behind Sea Salt (9-1) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Spinning Spirit (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden to chase leading pair 2f out, until weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 12l behind Durham Express (9-1) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Sep.
Spread Boy (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure approaching final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Hakuna Matata (9-3) at Newcastle 7f mdn auc stks (6) hvy.