Master Of Song improved for the longer trip and finally got off the mark at Southwell in October. He still seems best on the Fibresand, however, and an 11lb rise looks a bit harsh despite his easy win. Irish raider The Fox Tully arrives on the back of a better effort at Dundalk and could figure, but a chance is taken on ARTISAN. He made a recent debut over hurdles, but is earlier second over today's trip at Pontefract earns him the vote back on the level. Archie Rice is back on a winning mark and is another to consider along with C&D winner Knowe Head.
Archie Rice (USA) 10-1 (9-9) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Signora Frasi (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Knowe Head (NZ) 6-1 (9-1) Held up, headway halfway, weakened halfway, 11th of 13, 31l behind Dr Red Eye (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Oct.
Carcinetto (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 4l behind Epernay (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Miss Beat (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 5f out on outer, led over 2f out, headed 2f out, lost 2nd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Waahej (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Artisan 7-2fav (8-9) Held up in touch, ridden and lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 20l behind Unknown Rebel (8-13) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Retreat Content (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) In touch in rear, ridden 3f out, plugged on same pace, 4th of 5, 16l behind Neutrafa (9-0) at Ayr 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Oct.
Master Of Song 11-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, soon crossed over from wide draw to track leader, led 5f out, clear over 3f out, eased inside final 100 yards, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Oct beating Blue Cossack (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Hydrant 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 14, 9l behind William Haigh (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
The Fox Tully (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway into 6th 4f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, 4th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Mutasareb (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Isdaal 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, never able to get on terms with leaders, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Mountrath (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Nicola's Dream 16-1 (9-5) In touch, lost place well over 3f out, 10th of 12, 10l behind Stylistickhill (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Hathaway (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, headway on outside 7f out, led over 5f out, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 17l behind Queenie's Star (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Luv U Noo 16-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 7l behind Nina Rose (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.