White Diamond scored over hurdles last month and has a shout on the best of last year's efforts on the Flat. Kindlelight Storm and Olivers Mount come into the reckoning on their recent placed efforts on the Polytrack and both make more appeal than Grandad Mac, who needed 1m4f on the Fibresand at Southwell to get his head back in front. The veteran Salient is not out of this on his recent second over track and trip, but the unexposed STANLOW posted his best effort to date when runner-up at Wolverhampton a week ago and looks set to open his account.
Edgware Road 66-1 (8-6) Always in rear, pushed along over 5f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, 28l behind Eurystheus (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Standing Strong (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, never better than mid-division, 13th of 14, 14l behind Pretty Bubbles (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
White Diamond 20-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 17l behind Captain Caroline (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Kindlelight Storm (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Held up, not clear run 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Fonterutoli (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Olivers Mount 9-4fav (9-1) Mid-division, driven and headway inside final 2f, ridden and stayed on well inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Nubar Boy (9-2) at Lingfield 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Grandad Mac 16-1 (8-11) Soon in touch on outside, driven to press leader over 4f out, led over 2f out, headed narrowly over 1f out, stayed on to regain lead near finish, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-62 (6) fbs beating Rancho Montoya (8-9) by hd, 7 ran.
Salient 20-1 (9-1) Close up, ridden to lead 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Fonterutoli (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Stanlow 10-1 (9-6) Prominent, went 2nd 8f out until 3f out, soon ridden, rallied to 2nd again inside final furlong, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Daniel Thomas (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Arte Del Calcio 12-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, pushed along in 7th over 3f out, plugged on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Daniel Thomas (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Fairy Mist (IRE) 100-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, last of 8, 14l behind Ocean Applause (9-3) at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec.