Tim Easterby has won three of the last five renewals so Bollin Greta, the winner in 2008, is the first point of call and she is only a pound higher than for her last two successes and should go well. There are numerous alternatives in the line-up though with Chookie Hamilton and Tobernea doing battle again after their tussle at Musselburgh, wide margin Catterick winner Drop The Hammer looking to strike whilst the iron is hot and Saute proving his effectiveness on turf with a game win at Newbury where he had the well backed Petella seven lengths behind. Finellas Fortune could go well back on a sound surface but SIMPLE JIM may be the one to be with as he has never finished out of the frame in five visits here; he is holding his form well and is now a pound below his last winning mark.
Chookie Hamilton 5-1 (10-1) In touch, ridden to chase leader entering final 2f, led 1f out, ran on, won at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Tobernea (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Twist Again (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Held up in last trio, pushed along 4f out, soon struggling in rear, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Yemeni Princess (8-11) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Saute 15-2 (9-7) Held up in mid-division on outside, pushed along 4f out, sustained progress under pressure when switched left over 1f out, driven ahead final 120 yards, won at Newbury 2m app hcp (5) sft beating Warne's Way (9-2) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Tricky Situation 12-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, lost place over 5f out, behind over 3f out, last of 10, 27l behind Royal Trooper (9-5) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Bollin Greta 9-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, every chance over 2f out, soon hung right, one pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Royal Trooper (9-6) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Mohawk Ridge 16-1 (9-8) Tracked leader and keen, ridden well over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 17, 26l behind Pertemps Networks (9-7) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Red Fama 13-2 (8-11) Dwelt, took keen hold, chased winner 12f out until 5f out, not clear run on inside over 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 22l behind Royal Trooper (9-5) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Tobernea (IRE) Evensfav (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Chookie Hamilton (10-1) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
French Hollow 14-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 7th of 13, 14l behind Ultimate Quest (9-8) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Categorical 9-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, kept on, 7th of 15, 5l behind Northern Dune (9-1) at Redcar 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Apr '09.
Capable Guest (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Raced in rear, hampered over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 17l behind Ultimate Quest (9-8) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Simple Jim (FR) 9-2 (9-13) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 13, 7l behind Resplendent Ace (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Petella 7-4fav (8-11) Held up well in rear, pushed along halfway, no real progress until stayed on past beaten horses final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Saute (9-7) at Newbury 2m app hcp (5) sft.
Drop The Hammer 7-1 (9-9) Led for 1f, tracked leader, regained lead well over 4f out, ridden clear over 1f out, eased towards finish, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft beating Rosewin (9-11) by 8l, 11 ran.
Finellas Fortune 10-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, never a factor, 5th of 11, 33l behind Drop The Hammer (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Layla's Boy 40-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and raced stands side from over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 39l behind Plan A (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.