Resplendent Ace comes here in good form but the race rather fell into his lap last time out at Southwell and he is reluctantly passed over in favour of HUCKING HERO. Jim Boyle's gelding was a winner at Wolverhampton last time out over a slightly longer trip. That selling race was no great shakes but he is in good form and he might get the race run to suit again this afternoon. Fair hurdler Karashar needs considering with the step up in trip in his favour, Brave Mave has a very hit and miss profile, whilst Moonbeam Dancer is one of the most consistent in the race but ultimately she is yet to win in seven starts. Piper's Song has run well on an artificial surface before so is not one to discount lightly, along with course and distance winner Ardmaddy. With the majority of his horses hitting the frame it is Hucking Hero who can oblige for Jim Boyle.
Resplendent Ace (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Held up, headway to chase leading pair over 4f out, chased leader over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 50 yards, won at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Stormy Summer (8-6) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Karashar (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 13l behind Jonny Mudball (9-3) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Brave Mave 8-1 (9-9) Keen in touch, ridden 4f out, gradually weakened, eased well over 1f out, last of 8, 47l behind Fantino (8-7) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Hucking Hero (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Mid-division, headway on outer from over 3f out to track leaders, led entering final 2f, ridden and stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f sell stks (6) pol in Oct beating Fantasy Ride (8-13) by hd, 10 ran.
Moonbeam Dancer (USA) 4-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Tanfidh (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) fm in Sep.
Ardmaddy (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 15, 8l behind Giant Sequoia (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Piper's Song (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, well beaten final 3f, 10th of 12, 23l behind Oddsmaker (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Mixing 33-1 (8-1) In touch, under pressure and lost place over 5f out, last of 11, 48l behind Bell Island (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.