A LITTLE BIT DUSTY finished well clear of the rest of the field when third at Leicester a week ago. He can return to winning ways with Conor Shoemark taking 5lb off his back in this. Honourable Gent failed to cope with a 5lb rise for winning at Kelso when only third on his latest outing. But he has the beating of Vodka Red, while Pindar's recent placed efforts have been in plating company and he'll find today's competition tougher. Stanley Bridge looked a future winner when going close at Cartmel back in May but has proved disappointing in three subsequent starts.
A Little Bit Dusty 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, led before 3 out, headed when blundered last, no extra and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Lost In Newyork (9-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Stanley Bridge 16-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased leaders under pressure after 2 out, soon ridden, weakened flat, 8th of 10, 23l behind Tikkandemickey (11-1) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Vodka Red (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders before 5th, weakened from last, 7th of 10, 20l behind Civil Unrest (10-9) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Pindar (GER) 11-4 (10-12) With winner, led 6th, ridden and headed 3 out, rallied and every chance last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Persian Herald (11-3) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Ivans Back (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed after 5th, not fluent and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 12, 43l behind Dalrymple (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Honourable Gent 11-2fav (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, went 3rd before last, kept on, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Dynamic Drive (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Operateur (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, never a factor, 10th of 14, 48l behind Amir Pasha (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Bollin Julie 28-1 (9-10) Towards rear, not fluent 4th, driven in 6th and in touch before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 29l behind Turtle Watch (11-6) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Strandfield Bay (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Led to 3 out, chased leader, weakened after 2 out, 8th of 14, 29l behind Dynamic Drive (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Mr Mansson (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Tracked leader and mistakes, lost place after 3rd, weakened from 3 out, soon tailed off, pulled up before next, in a race won by Keeneland (10-11) at Perth 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft in Apr '12, 6 ran.