TRIXIE MALONE is the most recent winner with a victory in soft ground at Ayr in September. A good effort over course and distance when last seen at the track further boosts confidence and Karl Burke's filly gets the nod. Ferdy posted a better effort on the Polytrack last week but is rated 10lb higher on Turf while Cheeky Wee Red showed progressive form back in 2012 but was tailed off on her comeback. Violent Velocity would prefer faster going but Clumber Place is at home in soft ground and has won three times over course and distance in the past.
Trixie Malone 4-1fav (8-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression on winner final furlong, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Royal Holiday (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort on inside over 1f out, soon no impression, 4th of 6, 6l behind Prime Exhibit (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Ferdy (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, switched left to challenge over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Just Five (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Mar.
Cheeky Wee Red 9-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 18l behind Deliberation (8-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Grey Destiny 18-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 20l behind War Lord (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Clumber Place 12-1 (9-1) With leader, weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 9, 10l behind One Way Or Another (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Monel 6-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders far side, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd far side over 1f out, no extra and no impression with stand side leaders, 9th of 13, 7l behind Rise To Glory (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Liliargh (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Always towards rear and never a factor, 10th of 13, 13l behind Beckermet (9-5) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Echo Of Lightning 40-1 (8-2) Led, hung badly right over 4f out, ran very wide and headed over 3f out, raced alone stands side, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 14l behind The Scuttler (8-13) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Jack Barker 50-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders 5f, 13th of 15, 25l behind Minimee (8-6) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.