Gaselee won a handicap over the trip on soft ground at Nottingham in October and further rain would greatly aid his cause though he's 9lb higher. DESCARO and Petella both go well here and fought out the finish over the C&D in August with the former just prevailing. There's virtually nothing in it at the weights this time but the winner just gets the nod to confirm the form and take this. Blazing Desert looks a threat as he is just 1lb higher than when scoring at Sandown in October and badly needed his comeback run in a better handicap than this at York.
Wild Desert (FR) 9-1 (9-6) Prominent early, chased leaders, led 3f out, headed well over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Bollin Greta (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Descaro (USA) 8-1 (9-8) Close up, ridden 3f out, kept on, never able to challenge, 4th of 17, 7l behind Dark Ranger (8-7) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Gaselee (USA) 11-1 (9-10) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 4f out, one pace final 3f, 5th of 6, 7l behind Calculating (8-11) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in May.
Blazing Desert 28-1 (9-8) Keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 12th of 17, 21l behind Dark Ranger (8-7) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Jackday (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) In rear, effort over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 9, 19l behind Petella (8-9) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Petella 13-8fav (8-10) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden to chase winner 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Bollin Judith (9-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Hi Dancer 20-1 (10-8) Raced keenly, lost place 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 13, 21l behind Zed Candy (10-1) at Southwell 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Lady Norlela 14-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, chased leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 9, 12l behind Rosewin (9-4) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Why So Serious 100-1 (8-4) Keen in rear, never a factor, 11th of 17, 20l behind Dark Ranger (8-7) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.