Steel City Boy had Porthgwidden Beach behind when scoring over C&D last time and a line through the runner-up gives him a similar chance to Bird Dog. The latter popped up at a massive price over 6f here last week but had earlier been well beaten by WRENINGHAM over track and trip. Pat Eddery's charge is holding his form well having gone close again at Wolverhampton last time and is fancied to return to winning ways back on this surface. Argentine is not out of this after an improved effort at Kempton in October and Mustafeed gets first-time blinkers for his Fibresand debut.
Bond Blade 8-1 (9-4) Never on terms, 10th of 12, 8l behind Perlachy (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 13-2 (8-10) Made most, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Southwell 5f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs beating Gorgeous Goblin (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Wreningham 11-8fav (8-9) Led, 2 lengths clear 2f out, no extra and headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Chester Deelyte (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Mustafeed (USA) 9-2 (9-0) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 10, 13l behind Peace Seeker (9-0) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Argentine (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Francis Albert (9-1) at Kempton 5f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Whoateallthepius (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Held up in last, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 10, 11l behind Peace Seeker (9-0) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Bird Dog 50-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on well final furlong, won at Southwell 6f mdn auc stks (6) fbs beating Gorgeous Goblin (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Wandering Lad 5-1 (8-7) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 1 3/4l behind The Tatling (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Lady Royal Oak (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 10, 8l behind Chester Deelyte (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Porthgwidden Beach (USA) 20-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Steel City Boy (8-10) at Southwell 5f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs.
Tancred Spirit 10-1 (8-12) Soon led and clear, increased lead over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Green Howard (9-3) at Catterick 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.