Bluegrass Gal is less exposed than most of the others in the field but hardly looked inspiring on debut. Conversely Blue Zephyr has had fourteen starts and hasn't got close to scoring. It's interesting that Paul Hanagan is booked for the ride on We'll Deal Again with Graham Gibbons who has ridden him competitively three times due to ride SPARKING. The latter just gets the vote to build upon some promise shown at Wolverhampton last time out when third behind Doc Hay and go on to score here. Additionally, David Barron has a 32% strike-rate here this year and this adds to the claims of the selection. Rapid Request debuts for a respected yard and Best Known Secret could be a threat having finished runner-up here last time out.
Blue Zephyr 11-1 (9-0) Prominent early, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Swansea Jack (9-0) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Champagne All Day 50-1 (9-9) Led center pair until switched to chase leaders stands side over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Viking Warrior (9-3) at Redcar 7f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Aug.
Dudley 50-1 (8-11) Race stands side 5f out, in touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 14, 11l behind Franki J (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Kings Craic 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, hard ridden halfway, soon beaten, 13th of 17, 16l behind Benato The Great (9-1) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Oct.
Marsh's Gift 20-1 (8-6) Awkward start outpaced, ridden and some headway over 1f out, never near leaders, 6th of 12, 8l behind Darcy's Pride (8-9) at Southwell 6f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs in Oct.
Northumberland 100-1 (9-1) Chased leader lost place ocer 2f out, 12th of 17, 16l behind Benato The Great (9-1) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Oct.
Rapid Request (AUS) Urgent Request gelding out of Carahill.
Residency (IRE) 13-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden along over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Commander Wish (8-0) at Nottingham 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Senate Majority 20-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 15, 7l behind Tamarind Hill (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.
We'll Deal Again 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders on outside, effort and every chance over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Sandwith (8-7) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Best Known Secret (IRE) 6-1 (8-6) In touch, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Takajan (9-0) at Southwell 6f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs in Oct.
Bluegrass Gal (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Showed early pace to halfway, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 25l behind Red Roar (8-12) at Beverley 5f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Brink 7-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost place 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind Hakuna Matata (9-3) at Newcastle 7f mdn auc stks (6) hvy in Oct.
Sparking 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, led on inside well over 1f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, unable to quicken and dropped to 3rd well inside fianl furlong, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Doc Hay (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.