The Blue Banana would prefer faster ground and so would recent Pontefract runner-up Pertuis. Rise To Glory won over 6f at Ayr last week but is hard to fancy over this much longer trip and the likes of Conducting and Woodacre make more appeal. Santo Prince has a shout but Catherine Walton is in contention for the Amateur Ladies Championship and she can follow up on VALENTINE'S GIFT having steered the latter to victory at Nottingham last time.
Top Diktat 33-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, outpaced and always towards rear, 12th of 14, 16l behind Ocean Legend (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Nelson's Bay 28-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 12th of 14, 11l behind Ebony Express (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd and pressed winner inside final furlong, stayed on, always held, 2nd of 14, nk behind Cape Samba (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Gold Show 2-1fav (8-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along and lost 4th 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 9l behind Aryizad (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 2f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gs in Sep.
Pertuis (IRE) 17-2 (9-1) Steaded start, held up in rear, smooth headway when not clearest of runs on inside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, not clear run and switched right inside final furlong, strong run to 2nd final 75 yards, closed on winner, just held, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Conducting 4-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway 3f out, went 4th over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Auto Mac (8-10) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gd in Sep.
Woodacre 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 5l behind Artful Prince (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Rise To Glory (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Made all and overll leader stand side, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ayr 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Royal Duchess (8-1) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Obboorr 15-2 (9-3) Chased leaders in centre, pushed along 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 6l behind Cape Samba (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Millies Quest 33-1 (9-10) Got loose before start, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 21l behind Monzino (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Nezami (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 5th of 13, 6l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Yorksters Prince (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 27l behind Berlusca (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Samoan (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Always in rear, 12th of 14, 20l behind Camerooney (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Valentine's Gift 20-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway 6f out, led over 2f out, kept on well, won at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Batgirl (10-7) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Santo Prince (USA) 8-1 (8-13) In touch, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, slightly hampered and switched right inside final furlong, stayed on pressing for 2nd, no chance with winner, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Compton Bird (8-12) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.