A few of these have been struggling off higher marks since winning. They include Yarmouth winner The Strig, who failed to beat a rival on his latest start, and Lingfield scorer Jimmy Ryan was still beaten three lengths last time despite finishing runner-up. Wolverhampton winner Howyadoingnotsobad couldn't handle a 6lb rise last time and Dorothy's Dancing has failed to figure since landing a Polytrack double back in March. In contrast, BLACK BACCARA is now back on a winning mark and, after going close at Lingfield a fortnight ago, looks set to strike again.
The Strig 8-1 (9-1) Raced centre, in touch, ridden and edged left halfway, soon weakened, last of 16, 12l behind Style And Panache (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Estonia 22-1 (9-3) Raced centre, in touch, hard ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 16, 6l behind Style And Panache (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Alis Aquilae (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never nearer, 8th of 13, 7l behind Downhill Skier (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Crimson Queen 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders 4f, 15th of 16, 22l behind Divertimenti (9-2) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Griffin Point (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Raced far side, in touch, hung left from 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Cape Royal (9-4) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.
Black Baccara 33-1 (8-11) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 1f out, no impression near finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Seneschal (8-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Lady Royal Oak (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Raced wide, pulled hard and held up, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 20l behind Lucky Art (8-12) at Kempton 5f clm stks (5) pol in Oct.
Jimmy Ryan (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Chased leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Valmina (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Dorothy's Dancing (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Took keen hold tracked leaders, ridden halfway, not much room and no impression final 2f, 4th of 6, 12l behind Pearl Blue (9-2) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Howyadoingnotsobad (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Colourbearer (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Dolly Parton (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 18l behind Caldermud (9-7) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Nafa (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Riflessione (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.