Space War ended last season with a win at Ffos Las and an apprentice negates a 7lb rise on his reappearance, while it would be no surprise if Nasri rediscovered his best on only his second start for Dandy Nicholls. Sooraah and Silver Rime also have claims on last year's best form but Bowmaker put in a dismal effort at Thirsk last time after winning at Kempton before that. MALCHEEK is rated much higher on the all-weather nowadays, but that shouldn't put punters off as he's won eight times on turf and has improved since scoring at Redcar in August. Tim Easterby's charge is potentially well handicapped here and gets the vote.
Space War 5-1fav (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leader over 1f out, edged left and led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct beating Lutine Bell (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Nasri 20-1 (8-13) Close up, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 20, 4l behind Horseradish (9-3) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Camerooney 20-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, chased leaders, driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 20, 7l behind Snow Bay (9-4) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Sooraah 7-1 (8-11) In rear, outpaced over 1f out, kept on near finish, 7th of 10, 5l behind Amitola (8-9) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Silver Rime (FR) 25-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leaders in 5th, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind The Fifth Member (9-5) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct.
Esoterica (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway on inner over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 6l behind Docofthebay (9-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Bowmaker 7-1 (9-2) Soon outpaced towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 13, 21l behind Joseph Henry (9-2) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Malcheek (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Raced wide, close up, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Dunelight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Sioux Rising (IRE) 7-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, driven along 2f out, no extra from 1f out, 8th of 16, 9l behind Blue Dahlia (7-8) at Curragh 6f ext hcp sft in Mar.
Mo Mhuirnin (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Led, strongly pressed 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon no extra, weakened, 9th of 16, 10l behind Blue Dahlia (7-8) at Curragh 6f ext hcp sft in Mar.
High Resolution 10-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, kept on, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind The Fifth Member (9-5) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct.
Dubai Dynamo 12-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 16, 4l behind King Of Eden (9-0) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.