Classic Colori has won his couple of starts at Wolverhampton but is 10lb higher today and his only win on Turf came back in 2009. He beat Azrael last time but recent Southwell winner Caldercruix makes more appeal off his current mark. An Cat Dubh beat lower rated opposition in a maiden at Chester in August and needs more on his return while Day Of The Eagle is another Chester winner having his first start since July. Pearl Nation has scope and may well figure if handling the surface but Ayr winner Barkston Ash is better over 6f and finished tailed off in this last year. Defence Council has plenty to find on running at Thirsk in September behind FIELDGUNNER KIRKUP and the latter gets the vote. Three times a winner over 7f in soft ground last term, David Barron's charge can make a winning reappearance in this.
Classic Colori (IRE) 4-6fav (9-4) Dwelt, chased leaders, ridden to lead entering final furlong, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol beating Abhaath (8-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 10, 11l behind Conry (8-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Greensward 20-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon in touch in 5th, ridden 2f out, soon beaten, last of 11, 22l behind Loyalty (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Defence Council (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Mid-division on stands side rail, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 5th of 8, 18l behind Barkston Ash (8-7) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Barkston Ash 11-2 (8-7) With leader, driven to lead over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Ayr 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct beating Victoire De Lyphar (9-7) by 4l, 8 ran.
Pearl Nation (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Reared start, pulled hard and held up towards rear, headway and kept on same pace final 2f, never a threat, 5th of 11, 8l behind Loyalty (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
An Cat Dubh (IRE) 5-1fav (9-6) Took keen hold and prominent ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 17, 2l behind Muarrab (9-4) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Invincible Hero (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Levitate (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Caldercruix (USA) 11-2 (9-3) Chased leader, ridden 3f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Alpha Tauri (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden halfway, never on terms, 7th of 9, 16l behind Docofthebay (8-10) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Feb.
Viva Ronaldo (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Pushed along towards rear, soon in rear and badly outpaced, 8th of 10, 13l behind Conry (8-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Piceno (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 11l behind Dubai Hills (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Crown Choice 20-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden after 2f, never on terms, 6th of 7, 9l behind Aubrietia (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Azrael 7-2 (9-5) Led, ridden edged right over 1f out, hung left and headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Classic Colori (9-10) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Day Of The Eagle (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Raced near side, chased leader, led group over 2f out until over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 24, 2 1/4l behind Redvers (10-1) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.