The last two renewals have produced shock winners which is hardly surprising given the nature of the event and time of year. Tim Easterby has had a couple of winners without quite striking top form and Blue Shoes is respected though her two career victories have come on soft ground. The yard's Hello Stranger may have a better chance as he hasn't had much experience and this will be his first run on good going since landing his debut victory at Newcastle. Planetex is another who may have been hampered by testing ground though he's 9lb higher than his Newcastle victory while Chester Aristocrat might need the run after an absence since October. DANCHEUR has plenty of weight but could prove best after she led for a long way on her reappearance over 7f at Kempton. This is her trip and provided there's no more rain she could prove the best option in a very difficult event.
Azzurra Du Caprio (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders stand side, weakened 2f out, 14th of 17, 8l behind Bonnie Charlie (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Dancheur (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 10l behind Twenty One Choice (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Tango Sky (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Led, hard pressed from 2f out, headed enteing final furlong, no extra, 6th of 12, 3l behind Waking Warrior (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Burnhope 7-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, chased leaders on outside, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Yeeoow (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Kung Hei Fat Choy (USA) 9-2 (9-7) With leader and keen, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 4th of 8, 1/2l behind Trois Vallees (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Mar.
Breezolini 7-2fav (8-11) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 9th of 15, 6l behind Baby Strange (8-13) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Waking Warrior 11-2 (9-1) Pushed along and outpaced, ridden over 3f out, never nearer, 6th of 9, 10l behind Aubrietia (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Planetex (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 15, 8l behind Baby Strange (8-13) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Indego Blues 10-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 7th of 11, 11l behind Half A Billion (8-8) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Little Garcon (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Slowly away, always behind, 9th of 10, 8l behind The Tichborne (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Commanche Raider (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 11th of 13, 11l behind Enrol (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Indian Trail 16-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Sep beating Bronze Beau (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Red Cape (FR) 12-1 (8-13) Led 2f, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Fathsta (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-78) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec.
Mercers Row 20-1 (8-12) Hampered start, mid-division, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Phoenix Clubs (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Chester Aristocrat 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on same pace towards finish, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Lucky Money (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Blue Shoes (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd place inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Half A Billion (8-8) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Nasharra (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Dwelt held up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 23l behind Fayr Fall (9-1) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Mission Impossible 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Captain Scooby (9-6) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Hello Stranger (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Captain Scooby (9-6) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Lady Del Sol 22-1 (9-2) Led narrowly, headed 3f out, soon lost place, behind when eased 1f out, last of 13, 48l behind Conry (9-3) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.