Minortransgression ran out a five-length winner over C&D last time and has been raised 8lb as a consequence. Given that was his first win in 25 starts, ZARIUS makes more appeal. He was having his first outing since June when sixth here last month but Chris Wall's charge won twice here early in the year and should be ready to strike with a recent pipe-opener under his belt. Scarborough Lily has claims with Serena Brotherton in the plate and registered her only win to date over 7f at this track when she beat the re-opposing Lujano a head. The latter has since won here himself and has to come into the reckoning.
Kipchak (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 2f out, faded entering final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Ryedane (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Minortransgression (USA) 13-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden clear, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs beating Fearless Poet (8-12) by 5l, 12 ran.
Zarius 11-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden along and lost place 5f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on, no threat, 6th of 11, 6l behind Il Battista (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Scarborough Lily 4-1fav (9-6) In rear, not handle bend 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, not reach leaders, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Lujano (8-10) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Fault 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, not clear run over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Silver Wind (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Merrjanah 28-1 (9-13) Awkward leaving stalls, behind most of way, 11th of 18, 16l behind Steed (10-9) at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 4f out, tracked leader until 3f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Lujano (8-10) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Galloping Minister (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) In touch, chased leaders over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Know No Fear (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Lujano 9-2 (8-10) Mid-division, headway 2f out, led 1f out, idled inside final furlong, just held on, won at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Billy Cadiz (8-10) by shd, 12 ran.
Watch Chain (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 14, 12l behind Jobe (9-2) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs.
General Tufto 40-1 (9-0) Behind, ridden over 3f out, never a factor, 13th of 16, 13l behind Croeso Mawr (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Granny Anne (IRE) 22-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3f out, 11th of 13, 11l behind Baan (10-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Zaheeb 28-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 6l behind Croeso Mawr (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Avalon Bay 9-1 (8-10) In rear, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Polemica (9-9) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.