Boa belied odds of 25/1 to win over C&D last time with Sir Boss back in third. This doesn't look any tougher despite a 3lb rise and she should be in the mix once again. White Fusion's best effort on the Flat came in a Fibresand maiden and last month's hurdles winner Shabak Hom had looked high enough in the weights on the level before that. Miss Blakeney and Renegotiate have had plenty of chances but PERTEMPS NETWORKS is now back on the same mark as when scoring over C&D last October so Mick Easterby's charge gets the nod. The former David Wachman-trained Nashville has joined Ian Williams and could go well on his handicap debut.
Boa 25-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Honest Deal (9-6) by 1l, 12 ran.
Gloucester 20-1 (8-10) Very slowly away, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Goldtrek (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun '11.
Sir Boss (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, switched right and headway well over 1f out, ran on closing stages, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Boa (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
White Fusion 66-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, soon ridden to challenge, every chance from over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Chabada (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan.
Pertemps Networks 8-1 (9-13) Led, pushed along over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Gabrial's King (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Shabak Hom (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Held up in last pair, outpaced 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 16l behind New Youmzain (8-9) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Toughness Danon 10-3fav (9-12) Always towards rear, 8th of 9, 10l behind Gabrial's King (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Berwin (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Sheila's Buddy (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Miss Blakeney 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to close over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Mutual Regard (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Nashville (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Held up, 15th into straight, soon ridden and no impression, 10th of 20, 14l behind Ebazan (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks in Sep.
Humungosaur 25-1 (8-13) In touch, lost place over 3f out, eased over 1f out, last of 11, 44l behind Twelve Strings (9-4) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Renegotiate Evensfav (9-2) Tracked winner, outpaced by winner 3f out, ridden and carried head high 2f out, soon hung right, no impression, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Purple 'n Gold (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f app clm stks 0-70 (6) pol in Nov.