Legal Legacy is just 2lb higher than when winning this a year ago though the ground was much quicker that day. Hot Rod Mamma began her winning run on a mark of 48 and will be racing from 80 here after her fourth success at Ripon on Tuesday. West End Lad still looks on a fair mark despite winning at Leicester but it's CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL who gets the nod. Mick Easterby's charge ended the last campaign in fine form on soft ground and, having dropped dramatically in the weights, looked on the way back at Newcastle last week. Marvo and Petomic are running well enough to consider in an open contest.
Hot Rod Mamma (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Mid-division, shaken up and headway 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on on outside over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug beating Come Here Yew (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Burns Night 25-1 (9-12) Always behind, 11th of 15, 13l behind I'm Super Too (9-8) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
West End Lad 10-1 (9-10) Made all, ridden over 2f out, kept on well, pushed out, won at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug beating Solar Spirit (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Marjury Daw (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Close up, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Snowy Peak (8-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Aug.
Legal Legacy 14-1 (9-12) Dwelt, soon mid-division, effort to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 17, 9l behind Thinking (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Christmas Carnival 4-1fav (9-11) Prominent on stands side rail, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Wiseman's Diamond (9-0) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, 7th of 11, 8l behind Willow Dancer (9-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Marvo 3-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Mangham (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Petomic (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, ridden clear 1f out, caught post, 2nd of 9, ns behind Herrera (8-12) at Beverley 1m 2f app hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Steel Stockholder 7-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along on outer over 3f out, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Ours (9-1) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep '10.
Captain Macarry (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 17, 8l behind Thinking (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.