This has been run seven times and no favourite has been successful. Shadowtime is a specialist at Beverley but won over this C&D in September, though he invariably needs his comeback run. Green Howard has done very well to win five races from a dozen starts and is just 2lb higher than for his victory at Yarmouth in August. Frontier Fighter has his first start on Turf but there's no reason why he shouldn't transfer his good form from the all-weather, a remark that also applies to recent Wolverhampton runner-up Rossetti. With Brian Ellison's horses still going well, DOLPHIN ROCK, who made all over the course and distance earlier this month, is taken to defy a 3lb weight rise and complete a quick double.
Green Howard 6-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Kingscroft (8-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Frontier Fighter 9-4 (8-13) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Dubai Hills (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Mar.
Al Muheer (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, driven 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 12, 5l behind Benzanno (8-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct.
Shadowtime 6-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 12l behind I Confess (9-0) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Dolphin Rock 9-2 (9-6) Made all, ridden over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Blue Maisey (8-10) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Rossetti 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Exceedexpectations (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hayek 33-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 16, 6l behind Dolphin Rock (9-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Our Ivor 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 8, 1/2l behind Trois Vallees (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Mar.
Piceno (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, held up in touch on inside, stumbled well over 1f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no threat, 4th of 16, 4l behind Dolphin Rock (9-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.