DOC HAY won a decent sprint over track and trip in September. He beat Seeking Magic, Love Island, El Viento and Fast Shot on that occasion and should go very close again after a pipe-opener at Nottingham. Fast Shot scored at Pontefract recently and has claims while stablemate Body And Soul won in this grade at York last summer. Ancient Cross landed the Ayr Silver Cup off a similar mark in September but Barkston Ash is upped in class after scoring here last week. Doncaster winner Hillbilly Boy is another stepping up a couple of grades while Captain Ramius would prefer some cut. The latter's stablemate Hopes N Dreams and Cosmic Chatter are others capable of getting involved if at their best.
Captain Ramius (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 8l behind Breton Rock (9-0) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gs.
Body And Soul (IRE) 7-2 (8-10) Held up in mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, every chance 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 6th of 11, 6l behind Ladies Are Forever (9-2) at York 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Doc Hay (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Held up in 5th, pushed along halfway, went 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Pearl Secret (9-1) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) sft.
Seeking Magic 10-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, effort when short of room over 1f out, edged left, ran on, never reached winner, 2nd of 19, 1 1/2l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Hopes N Dreams (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) In touch, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 12l behind Mince (8-13) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Oct.
Ancient Cross 33-1 (9-7) Dwelt, in rear, effort on inside, never a factor, last of 12, 13l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Cosmic Chatter 10-1 (9-4) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 13, 6l behind Threes Grand (7-11) at York 5f (2) sft in Aug.
El Viento (FR) 8-1 (8-2) Keen, raced centre, tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced 2f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Lucky Beggar (8-13) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gs.
Fast Shot 7-1 (8-2) Prominent, went 4th over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Annunciation (9-6) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Colonel Mak 15-2 (9-2) Led, headed approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 9l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Love Island 12-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Pearl Ice 16-1 (8-9) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Trinityelitedotcom (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Clear Spring (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden before halfway, one pace inside final furlong, 14th of 21, 6l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Misplaced Fortune 22-1 (8-11) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 17th of 20, 26l behind Levitate (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov.
Best Trip (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov beating Lasilia (8-11) by 1l, 12 ran.
Barkston Ash 4-1 (9-2) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon pressed, edged right briefly inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Right Touch (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Hillbilly Boy (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on close home, won at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar beating Khelman (8-6) by 1/2l, 18 ran.