Recent winning form is thin on the ground in this contest with only KOO AND THE GANG managing to get his head in front so far this year. He scored over a mile here last week and, given he likes to race up with the pace, this drop back in trip should be no problem and he's taken to defy a penalty. Gold Story, Elusive Warrior and Meydan Style look the most likely candidates to fill the places with the remainder all struggling for form.
Koo And The Gang (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, joined leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs beating All Right Now (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Deferto Delphi 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 6th of 8, 6l behind Khandaq (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Gold Story 9-4fav (9-7) Held up in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on to 3rd near finish, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Crystallize (9-1) at Folkestone 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 12-1 (8-8) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 8l behind Postman (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Apr.
Cookie Galore 50-1 (8-5) Awkward leaving stalls and slowly into stride, always in rear, 9th of 11, 10l behind Gracie's Games (8-7) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Aug.
Jamarjo (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Outpaced, struggling halfway, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Itsthursdayalready (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Tomintoul Star 5-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 12, 9l behind Dazakhee (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Apr.
Meydan Style (USA) 5-1 (8-9) Dwelt outpaced and soon ridden along, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 9, 5l behind Itsthursdayalready (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Moon Lightning (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 9l behind Angelena Ballerina (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Mar.
Vogarth 100-1 (8-11) Chased winner, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 5th of 6, 16l behind Alpha Tauri (9-5) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.