BLUE JACK is well handicapped if anywhere near his best and gets the nod in a tight handicap. He won this in 2010 from a higher mark and also beat Captain Dunne in a Chester Listed contest off level weights that summer. He receives 13lb from Tim Easterby's charge here and had Medicean Man a neck behind in a Polytrack Listed contest at Lingfield on his reappearance and is a stone better off with that one. Easterby also runs Confessional and, though he doesn't win often, he'll like the soft conditions better than most. Last year's Ayr Silver Cup winner Cheveton is 3lb out of the handicap but he's another who won't mind the going and looks a threat.
Medicean Man 9-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, staying on inside final furlong when hampered and short of room, kept on, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Fratellino (9-0) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Keen early, tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Hamish McGonagall (9-7) at Musselburgh 5f cond Stakes (2) gs.
Desert Law (IRE) 5-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 17th of 22, 12l behind Colonel Mak (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Confessional 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, challenged over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 22, 6l behind Colonel Mak (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Blue Jack 16-1 (9-0) Held up, not clear run 2f out, headway over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Fratellino (9-0) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Lui Rei (ITY) 25-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 17th of 21, 14l behind Nocturnal Affair (9-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Cheveton 28-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, hard ridden and effort well over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 11th of 21, 12l behind Bonnie Brae (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov.
Mirza (8-11) 9th of 16, 7l behind Iver Bridge Lad (8-11) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 6f Grp 3 sft in Nov.