Hanalei Bay finished second here a week ago but this looks more competitive, while Candy Kitten may struggle back in handicap company after finally opening her account in a maiden at this track last time. Glenridding and Oilinda are both capable of going close in this company but the vote goes to MR RED CLUBS. Mike Appleby's charge showed signs of a resurgence when beaten three lengths at Kempton on Wednesday and he finally looks set to strike having tumbled 22lb down the weights this year.
Mr Red Clubs (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and close up 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Diplomatic (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Fame Again 5-1 (9-1) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Robert The Painter (9-8) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Oilinda 5-2 (8-10) Led until over 3f out, soon ridden, lost 2nd 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 31l behind Tenbridge (8-8) at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Bussa 20-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 2f out, late headway, never on terms, 8th of 12, 6l behind Pettochside (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Candy Kitten 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct beating Wilhana (9-0) by nk, 5 ran.
Royal Straight 14-1 (9-3) Dwelt towards rear, headway when not clear run over 2f out, effort entering final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Camerooney (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct.
Elspeth's Boy (USA) 5-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 10th of 14, 15l behind Camerooney (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct.
Glenridding 10-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outside, effort to challenge over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Dimitar (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Ebony Clarets 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 7l behind Stylistickhill (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct '12.
Hanalei Bay (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Punditry (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.