Dodina only won a seller at Redcar earlier this month while Thorpe Bay is probably better on Fibresand, though was placed back on Turf at Pontefract a couple of weeks ago. Fleurtille won't mind the ground but both of her victories have come at Catterick. Harrogate Fair continues to tumble down the weights and should take advantage soon but KEEP IT DARK likes it here and has been dropped a couple of pounds since finishing fifth at Doncaster on Saturday. He gets a narrow vote in an open-looking finale as the likely fast pace should suit.
Dark Opal (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) With leaders, ridden 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, driven out, won at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct beating Starlight Angel (9-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Keep It Dark 9-1 (8-7) Fly leapt start, behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 3l behind Red Baron (8-12) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Profile Star (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 8th of 9, 8l behind Top Boy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Dodina (IRE) 11-8fav (9-4) Made all, clear 2f out, pushed out, unchallenged, won at Redcar 5f sell stks (6) gs beating Britain (8-7) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Captain Royale (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Led, pressed over 2f out, headed narrowly over 1f out, reagained lead inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Just The Tonic (8-9) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Oct.
Ingenti 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 13, 8l behind Perfect Pasture (10-1) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Thorpe Bay 3-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Shillito (8-9) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Exotic Guest 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 9l behind Shillito (8-9) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Fleurtille 17-2 (8-8) Slowly into stride, off the pace towards rear, headway 2f out, not clearest of runs and soon switched left, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 12, 4l behind Boxing Shadows (8-11) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Harrogate Fair 12-1 (8-7) Towards rear, one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Megaleka (8-12) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Balinka 8-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 11l behind Heartsong (8-10) at Doncaster 6f fll hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Arch Walker (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) In touch on outside, headway and hung left over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Compton Prince (9-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Marabout (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 8l behind Red Shadow (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.