Peter's Friend beat Chrissycross a head over track and trip last month and that pair are hard to separate. Syncopate could figure if handling the Fibresand and the same comment applies to La Belle Epoque. Uncle Dermot's previous effort at this track doesn't boost confidence but Clonmel winner Auden has a chance on only his second start for John Jenkins. Maakirr has plenty to prove over this longer trip and preference goes to EMPERATRIZ, racing off the same mark as when runner-up to Megamunch over course and distance in August.
Syncopate 11-2 (9-7) Prominent, led over 1f out, headed and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Diplomatic (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Chrissycross (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Dwelt, always towards rear, 7th of 10, 13l behind Landau (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Returntobrecongill 25-1 (8-6) Dwelt, mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 17l behind San Cassiano (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct.
Peter's Friend 12-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, switched inside and effort 2f out, soon ridden, went 2nd and every chance over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, held on (hand timed), won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct beating Chrissycross (8-12) by hd, 10 ran.
Auden (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Dwelt always in rear, 11th of 13, 10l behind Sugarformyhoney (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Nelson's Bay 28-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 12th of 14, 11l behind Ebony Express (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Maakirr (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden clear entering final 2f, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Powerful Pierre (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Witch Way Went 10-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and weakened 3f out, 14th of 15, 22l behind Handheld (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Ted's Brother (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Uncle Brit 7-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, plugged on, 4th of 12, 20l behind Ebony Express (11-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Emperatriz 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, short of room and lost place over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Hellbender (9-5) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
La Belle Epoque (USA) 4-1 (8-6) In touch in 5th, quickly weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 7, 34l behind Amosite (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Tenbridge 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, headway on outer over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 14th of 16, 23l behind Amulet (8-12) at Nottingham 1m (5) gd in Oct.
Icy Blue 4-1fav (8-12) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 5l behind Punditry (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.