The betting suggested ON THE CUSP was expected to return to form back at this venue last time. He duly obliged and can go in again with a 6lb rise negated by Ella Smith's allowance. Course regulars Elusive Warrior and Masked Dance have yet to score over further than 7f and Ivy Port won over the same trip here back in March. Polytrack winner Hail Promenader has yet to race on this surface but both McConnell and Putin are course and distance winners and not easily overlooked.
Hail Promenader (IRE) 4-1fav (9-13) Raced wide, held up in mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, driven and not quicken over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Sonnetation (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Oct.
McConnell (USA) 25-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway centre over 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 13l behind Smokey Oakey (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Estibdaad (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Close up, lost place over 4f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 16, 3l behind Linkable (10-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Putin (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 12, 1l behind Clock Opera (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Viking Warrior (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon switched right, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Baraboy (8-6) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Knight Charm 8-1 (8-11) In touch on inside, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 12, 21l behind Diplomatic (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-68 (5) pol in Oct.
Hazza The Jazza 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 4f out, 9th of 14, 9l behind Bitaphon (9-1) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Masked Dance (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 4f out! chased winner until over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 5l behind Bitaphon (9-1) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
On The Cusp (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Close up, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs beating Bladewood Girl (9-6) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Minimee 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 10, 5l behind Dansili Dutch (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Boy The Bell 4-1fav (9-0) Held up in mid-division on outside, wide on home turn, soon outpaced, hard ridden over 1f out, rallied and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Red Shadow (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Nezami (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 7th of 11, 8l behind Delightful Sleep (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ivy Port 6-1 (11-0) Broke well, soon steadied, held up in rear, behind 6f out, last of 11, 44l behind Red Four (11-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 4-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden halfway, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 5l behind Bitaphon (9-1) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.