A tight handicap made even more difficult with doubts surrounding all the runners. PROOFREADER gets the speculative vote to put a poor effort in October behind him having shown lots of promise when making a winning debut at Newmarket. Las Verglas Star has claims but today's fast ground tempers enthusiasm and Sirvino has won just the once since 2009. Warlu Way never figured on his debut for Mick Easterby and would prefer a longer trip but Brighton winner Sheikhzayedroad has conditions to suit on his first outing since September. San Cassiano didn't take to hurdling for Ferdy Murphy but looks the type Ruth Carr does so well with now back on the Flat.
Proofreader 4-1fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, 14th of 21, 24l behind Party Line (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Status Symbol (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Led, joined 8f out, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, last of 8, well behind Layline (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb '12.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway on inside 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Lady Loch (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Sirvino 6-1 (8-12) Held up in last pair, never involved, 9th of 12, 11l behind Lady Loch (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Warlu Way 14-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, never involved, 10th of 12, 12l behind Lady Loch (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Demolition 7-2fav (9-13) Tracked leaders, effort well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Elijah Pepper (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
San Cassiano (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, eased towards finish, won at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug '11 beating Resentful Angel (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Sheikhzayedroad 11-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside when bumped over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, not able to trouble leaders, 5th of 11, 3l behind Deia Sunrise (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) hvy in Sep.
Lucky Henry 28-1 (8-0) In touch, ridden and one pace when pushed left inside final 2f, driven and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 7l behind Hajras (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.