Safin was a last-gasp winner at Wolverhampton last time and will have his supporters here but we will take him on with DONTPAYTHEFERRYMAN. David Evans has his runners in great form at present and if the gelding, who won over hurdles at Chepstow on Friday, takes his chance, then he will be full of confidence. Although he has not won on the Polytrack before he has run some good races in defeat and also from higher marks than this, so he has definite claims. Safin did at least win last time, but it was a very weak race and as an inconsistent performer we can take him on. Schinken Otto is on a good mark again, having been campaigned largely over fences of late. He acts on the surface and comes from a yard in form, so he is much respected. Prince Of Medina is proving expensive to follow, while Ardmaddy probably needs a further drop in the weights, and we prefer the claims of Dontpaytheferryman.
Ardmaddy (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Keen, steadied into mid-division, ridden on outside over 1f out, soon held, 11th of 13, 6l behind Valdan (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Schinken Otto (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 7l behind Epsom Salts (10-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f amt hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Safin (GER) 66-1 (8-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on to lead post, won at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol beating Slew Charm (9-2) by a hd, 11 ran.
Ba Dreamflight 11-4fav (9-3) Held up, headway 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 4th of 11, 13l behind Stravita (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
York Cliff 20-1 (10-8) Prominent for 6f, 13th of 14, well behind Hi Dancer (10-6) at Southwell 2m amt hcp (6) fbs.
Karky Schultz (GER) 9-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, towards rear, never nearer, 9th of 14, 13l behind Zeffirelli (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo sll (6) gd in Sept.
Inn For The Dancer 20-1 (10-8) Started slowly, in rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on steadily from over 1f out, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 3l behind Schinken Otto (10-11) at Kempton 1m 3f amt hcp (6) pol.
Sue Princesse (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Mid-division, 7th approaching halfway, 8th and no extra over 2f out, 7th of 13, 18l behind Dschungel Song (9-7) at Tramore 1m 4f clm hvy in Oct '06.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 5-2fav (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Safin (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol.
Cartoonist (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led 9f out, headed over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 13th of 15, 44l behind Rahy's Crown (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Jun '06.
Prince of Medina 9-2fav (9-3) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, no extra, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Amwell Brave (9-3) at Great Leighs 1m 5f Stks (41-45) (7) std.
Sharps Gold 20-1 (8-13) Led after 2f, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, soon outpaced and weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 13, 15l behind Street Power (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Corlough Mountain 20-1 (8-12) Led main group, chased clear leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 13l behind Zalkani (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Landikhaya (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, until weakened soon after halfway, 11th of 13, 14l behind Takitwo (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.