Phoenix Returns ran green when third on his racecourse debut at Carlisle but it's still difficult to see him overturning that form with close-up second HI GEORGE on the same terms. Malcolm Jefferson's gelding, a half-brother to winning hurdlers Attaglance and Young Buddy, can go one better here though Eligible showed promise when only finding Stock Hill Fair too good at Fontwell last month. Buckshee has a decent pedigree and is probably the most interesting of the newcomers, though stablemate Old Testament would also be worth a look.
Berwaaz (GER) 33-1 (10-5) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, last of 9, well behind Ueueteotl (10-12) at Carlisle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Oct.
Black Is Beautiful (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Pressed leader, pushed along over 6f out, lost 2nd 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 9l behind Megan's Motivator (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f 3yo nhf (6) fm in Oct.
Buckshee Sulamani gelding out of Cumbrian Rhapsody.
Chancery (USA) Street Cry gelding out of Follow That Dream.
Eligible (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway to track leadrs 6f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Stock Hill Fair (10-12) at Fontwell 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Oct.
Hi George 3-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 4f out, stayed on inside final furlong, just held close home, 2nd of 9, shd behind Ueueteotl (10-12) at Carlisle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Oct.
Malibu Dancer (IRE) Malibu Moon gelding out of Capilla Bonita.
Old Testament Olden Times gelding out of Birsay.
Omid Dubawi gelding out of Mille Couleurs.
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 3-1fav (10-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Ueueteotl (10-12) at Carlisle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Oct.
Zakaroo 33-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 24l behind Asker (10-7) at Worcester 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) gd in Oct.
Detroit River 16-1 (9-7) Led over 1f, with leader, every chance 2f out, edged right and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Franks A Million (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m nhf (6) gd.
Fairy Alisha Doyen filly out of Regal Fairy.
Rebel Nell 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 6f out, ridden over 4f out, soon well beaten, 10th of 12, 34l behind La Belle Doyenne (11-0) at Towcester 1m 5f 3yo flls NH flat (6) gd.
Red Danger Angel Sulamani filly out of Synergie.
Roodee Giant (IRE) Footstepsinthesand filly out of Rushing.