With only five of these boasting previous experience the market may prove the best guide. Runswick Royal has a penalty after winning over a similar trip at Haydock but appears to have the beating of Mightavago and Farmer's Friend on a line through Vinstar. Malcolm Jefferson's bumper horses always warrant respect but Croxton Kerrial was very green at Ayr so we'll concentrate on the newcomers. Midnight Thomas, Plain Sailing and Zermatt could be interesting but Alan Swinbank's BIGGINS BOY will almost certainly know what's required and the Motivator gelding, who is Flat-bred, may just have too much pace for these.
Runswick Royal (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Always prominent, went 2nd over 1f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, won at Haydock 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (4) sft in Nov beating Vinstar (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Avidity Passing Glance colt out of Epicurean.
Biggins Boy (IRE) Motivator gelding out of Optimal.
Croxton Kerrial 9-2 (10-7) Held up, took keen hold, some headway over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 13l behind Rhymers Stone (10-13) at Ayr 1m 6f mdn nat hunt flat (6) sft in Nov.
Farmer's Friend 20-1 (10-9) Chased winner until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 19l behind Vinstar (11-5) at Carlisle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) hvy in Nov.
Kalucci (IRE) Kalanisi gelding out of Anno Luce.
Lord Westhead (IRE) Bach gelding out of Dawning Day.
Master Red (IRE) Red Clubs gelding out of Glory Days.
Midnight Thomas Midnight Legend gelding out of Vivacious Lass.
Mightavago 40-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 8f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 13, 29l behind Runswick Royal (10-12) at Haydock 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (4) sft in Nov.
Peter's Friend Gentleman's Deal gelding out of Giffoine.
Plain Sailing (IRE) Manduro gelding out of Ocean Silk.
Politeness (FR) Poliglote gelding out of Martiniquaise.
Scorpions Sting (IRE) Scorpion gelding out of Strong Wishes.
Timefortee (IRE) Teofilo gelding out of Begueule.
Vodka Moon 40-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, lost 3rd place final furlong, no extra, 6th of 7, 26l behind Vinstar (11-5) at Carlisle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) hvy in Nov.
Zermatt (IRE) Strategic Prince gelding out of Await.
Terntheothercheek Multiplex filly out of My Tern.