Moscow Presents has been struggling at the weights since scoring at Towcester a year ago but has now dropped to a lenient mark and showed a bit more dash last time. UPBEAT COBBLER won two handicaps at this level before disappointing when stepped up in grade at Ascot. She will appreciate dropping back in class and can resume winning ways. Cloudingstar was strongly fancied at Uttoxeter last time but ran poorly while Amore Mio couldn't cope with a 7lb rise at Carlisle after scoring at Ayr. Nicene Creed is well handicapped on the best of his form and could prove a threat off his lowly mark.
Moscow Presents (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) In touch, pushed along after 3 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 9, 17l behind Granaruid (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Upbeat Cobbler (FR) 4-1fav (10-9) Led until well before 2 out, chased leaders, weakened quickly between last 2, 7th of 10, 26l behind Scholastica (11-5) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Nodebateaboutit 3-1fav (11-3) Held up in rear, some headway disputing 4th under pressure soon after 3 out, stayed on same pace and no impression before next, 5th of 10, 21l behind Bally Sands (9-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Outlaw Tom (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened before 7th, tailed off 10th, pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Sun Cloud (11-10) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 10 ran.
Sphinx (FR) 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, soon chasing leaders, driven to challenge 2 out, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov '12.
Cloudingstar (IRE) 13-8fav (11-9) Chased leaders, ridden after 7th, no extra 2 out, 4th of 10, 19l behind My Oh Mount Brown (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Amore Mio (GER) 11-8fav (11-12) Led, clear after 7th, headed 2 out, soon ridden and lost 2nd, plugged on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Gulf Punch (11-9) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
American Life (FR) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, driven and lost place before 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 11, 8l behind Woodford County (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Nicene Creed 10-3 (11-8) In touch, headway approaching 9th, pushed in 3rd and hit 3 out, disputing 2nd 2 out, every chance and not fluent last, one pace in 3rd flat, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 9, 7l behind Omid (10-6) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.