Absolute Shambles arrives in the best form with a recent victory over track and trip to his credit. But today's ground is a big worry as he's done all his winning on a faster surface. BRUNETTE'SONLY makes more appeal on that score as she won in soft ground at Exeter in March and is only 4lb higher today. Seamus Mullins' mare gets the vote despite Changing Lanes having slipped down the weights and finishing closer at Ffos Las last month. Spanish Fork is another on the slide but the testing going doesn't bode well for his chances.
Absolute Shambles 7-2 (10-9) Towards rear, headway before 6th, led 4 out, ridden after next, kept on, driven out, won at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct beating Sea Cadet (10-0) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Miss Mayfair (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 31l behind No Loose Change (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Orvita (FR) 16-1 (10-4) In rear, not that fluent, blundered 2nd, mistake 8th, behind 10th, tailed off before 14th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Days Of Pleasure (10-5) at Plumpton 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft, 7 ran.
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Led from 2nd, headed 5th, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Halucha (10-13) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Changing Lanes 5-1 (11-0) Prominent, went wider from 4th, one pace before 3 out, 4th of 10, 8l behind Jump Up (11-7) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Spanish Fork (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) In touch, hit 4th, ridden 3 out, kept on under pressure to go 4th flat, 4th of 10, 5l behind Southway Queen (11-2) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Une Des Bieffes (FR) 66-1 (10-11) Held up, always towards rear, 10th of 15, 47l behind Royal Peak (11-10) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Best Bette 80-1 (9-7) Struggling from 4th, 10th of 16, 34l behind Carhue Princess (10-8) at Towcester 2m 5f (5) gs.
Laughing Game 25-1 (10-0) Led, hit 4th, headed before 5th, not fluent and lost place 6th, soon behind, 5th of 8, 40l behind Brass Monkey (11-5) at Stratford 2m 6f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.