Jazz ended his first campaign with a course and distance victory and was made favourite on his return at Pontefract but was well beaten behind New Bidder. The winner has been handed a 4lb rise, which looks fair, and there should be more to come. Mr Matthews, who wasn't beaten far in third, must have every chance of reversing the form on the revised terms but Khalice was beaten a long way. Lexington Abbey improved throughout last term, scoring at Nottingham in October, while The Hooded Claw came from off the pace over 5f at Thirsk and will be happier back over this trip. CENTRE HAAFD scored at Hamiliton in June then hung badly when beaten narrowly there a month later. She's been given plenty of time and is given the vote.
Golden Amber (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 16l behind Ertijaal (9-5) at Lingfield 7f cond stks (2) pol.
Jazz (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 12l behind New Bidder (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Lexington Abbey 6-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden and quickened entering final furlong, stayed on, won at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct beating Conflicting (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Captain Midnight (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, lost place 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Captain Secret (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp (3) pol in Mar.
New Bidder 10-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on gamely to lead last strides, won at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft beating See The Sun (9-7) by hd, 12 ran.
Mr Matthews (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up in last pair, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on but never going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind New Bidder (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
The Hooded Claw (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Soon outpaced and in rear, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 4th of 8, 7l behind Mecca's Angel (9-7) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Khalice 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders until halfway, tailed off and eased over 1f out, 10th of 12, 35l behind New Bidder (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
You're Fired (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, in rear, not clear run over 1f out, still plenty to do when headway over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, led post, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct beating Missouri Spirit (8-11) by ns, 11 ran.
Smart Salute 14-1 (8-13) Not much room soon after start, held up, ridden over 2f out, no headway, eased inside final furlong, 15th of 17, 13l behind Aeolus (9-5) at York 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Centre Haafhd 11-2 (8-11) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Woodland Girl (8-1) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (4) gf in Jul.