Masterful Act saves his best for this track but is upped in class after his latest course win over 1m3f. Hunting Ground scored easily over 2m at Wolverhampton on his reappearance but won his maiden race here last year and should figure again despite a penalty. Icebuster looks a shade high in the weights on his recent placed efforts and makes his Fibresand debut today, as does PRESBURG. The latter has been running well in tougher races than this on the Polytrack of late and looks to have every chance if taking to the surface.
Masterful Act (USA) 7-2 (9-9) Tracked leader, challenged over 3f out, driven to lead narrowly over 2f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, stayed on to regain lead towards finish, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (0-90) (3) fbs beating Layl (9-3) by nk, 7 ran.
Flying Power 16-1 (8-10) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 14th of 15, 27l behind Montefeltro (9-3) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Hanoverian Baron 16-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside over 3f out, edged left when challenging and bumped rival over 1f out, soon led, headed towards finish, 3rd of 18, 1l behind Lahaag (9-9) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Hunting Ground (USA) 5-6fav (9-7) Led for 100 yards, tracked leader, led over 3f out, clear and going well 2f out, easily, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Flash Crash (8-11) by 8l, 7 ran.
Presburg (IRE) 20-1 (8-0) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, headway and in touch over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Castilo Del Diablo (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcap (2) pol.
Icebuster 7-4fav (9-7) Took keen hold and held up last, rapid headway to chase leader 9f out, led entering final mile, clear 5f out, ridden and reduced lead well over 1f out, headed and no extra entering final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Norfolk Sky (9-2) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dewala 6-1 (9-3) Prominent, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon one pace, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Blue Wave (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.