The Dancing Lord popped-up in a seller here last month but has been raised 13lb for his trouble. He beat The Mongoose on that occasion, but neither the latter nor recent Wolverhampton winner, Iceblast, have been helped by a high draw. The same applies to Shifting Star, beaten a length over track and trip last time and EWELL PLACE may be the one to take advantage. David Simcock's charge is looking to end a long losing run but went close at Haydock last summer off a 9lb higher mark and it could be his turn today.
Perfect Mission 25-1 (8-4) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 13th of 14, 12l behind Tasrih (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Keene's Pointe 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, outpaced when not much room inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 11l behind Glanely (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Lucky Di 6-1fav (9-4) Behind, never nearer, 9th of 14, 7l behind Firmdecisions (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Shaolin (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Dwelt, always towards rear, 15th of 16, 23l behind Living The Life (9-0) at Leicester 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Top Offer 25-1 (9-4) Always behind, 11th of 12, 7l behind Wandsworth (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
The Dancing Lord 16-1 (8-11) 5th when in view over 4f out, closing 2f out, led towards finish, won at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol in Dec beating The Mongoose (9-4) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Dozy Joe 20-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden and faded inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 5l behind Shaunas Spirit (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
The Mongoose 5-4fav (9-4) Broke well, 3rd when in view over 4f out, 2nd 2f out, soon led, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind The Dancing Lord (8-11) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Ewell Place (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Held up, not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 6l behind Suehail (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Iceblast 7-1 (8-12) Outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Indian Affair (9-3) by 2l, 8 ran.
Valdaw 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 5th of 9, 8l behind Two No Bids (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Kyllachy Star 16-1 (9-0) Dwelt in rear, never a factor, 7th of 10, 9l behind Suehail (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Golden Desert (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Slowly away, behind, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 6l behind Kuanyao (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Shifting Star (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Keen, tracked leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Prince Of Burma (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.