The Tatling is just 3lbs higher than when winning this race last year but a safer option may be COLORUS whilst Nickel Silver should also be able to give a good account in a competitive race. Bill Ratcliffe is doubly represented and both of his runners have claims having finished third and fourth over course and distance last time. Colorus came out on top on that occasion and is better off at the weights as he had to race from out of the handicap that day so marginal preference is for him as he has a better track record too. The Tatling has shown no signs of being wearied by age and continues to perform with great credit. He's got two wins to his name from just five visits to this track, including in this race last year, and it would be no surprise to see him in the mix. Nickel Silver comes here in good form but is on a career high mark following his short-head defeat at Wolverhampton and could only finish in midfield on his one previous attempt at the track. Flash McGahon and Elusive Hawk are two to watch in the market but the latter has shown all of his form over further and has never even run at this trip so couldn't be backed with confidence. In contrast, the consistent Colorus looks sure to run his race and should be there or thereabouts at the business end.
Stolt (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Led, wide into straight 2f out, soon ridden, headed 1f out, no extra when short of room inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 3l behind Gilt Edge Girl (8-8) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
The Tatling (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Held up, ridden and headway to press winner over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Glamorous Spirit (9-0) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol.
Nickel Silver 5-2fav (8-10) Led, clear 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 8, shd behind Green Park (8-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Flash McGahon (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Towards rear far side group, soon pushed along, headway over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Guto (8-0) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Pawan (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Dwelt, always in rear, soon pushed along, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Lesley's Choice (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Bel Cantor 17-2 (8-3) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, kept on, never going pace to challenge, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Lesley's Choice (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, in rear, wide into straight 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Great Charm (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Colorus (IRE) 15-2 (8-0) Chased leading pair, ridden halfway, effort from over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Lesley's Choice (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Calmdownmate (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) With leaders, led over 3f out, soon headed, hung left when still every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Elusive Hawk (9-9) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jul.
Ingleby Star (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Igoyougo (9-7) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.
Steelcut 8-1 (8-8) With leaders on outer, ridden over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 8th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Lucky Leigh (8-10) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Bo McGinty (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Towards rear, bumped over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 5l behind Anne Of Kiev (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Loose Caboose (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Pushed along to soon track leaders, ridden 3f out, driven to press winner and every chance from over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 1l behind Cheap Thrills (8-7) at Southwell 6f clm stks 0-70 (6) fbs.
Godfrey Street 7-2 (8-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Northern Bolt (9-0) at Catterick 5f clm stks (6) sft in Nov.