Plenty with chances in a tight claimer including Opus Maximus, though he was engaged to run here yesterday. SPINNING RIDGE arrives in arguably the best form having scored at Kempton before going close again over C&D a week ago. Ron Harris' charge is just preferred to dual C&D winner Ajdaad and Saharia, who won a seller at this track before a decent third in handicap company last time. Dream Of Fortune and Sky Diamond are others to consider judged on their best form at this level.
Saharia (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, headway over 5f out, went 2nd 2f out, every chance 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Zafeen's Pearl (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Spinning Ridge (IRE) 4-1fav (9-10) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, shaken up to lead approaching 1f out, kept on, caught close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Winged Valkyrie (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Ajdaad (USA) 9-1 (9-8) Dwelt, behind, ridden 1f out, one pace, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 8l behind Pipers Piping (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Needwood Ridge 13-2 (9-2) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along towards rear, ridden inside final 3f, plugged on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Bahamian Lad (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leading pair, chased winner over 2f out, challenging on inside when carried left inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind Standpoint (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
The Which Doctor 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 13l behind Lockantanks (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Ahlawy (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Missed break, always behind, 7th of 12, 23l behind True To Form (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Dream of Fortune (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, not clear run 3f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 7l behind Epernay (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Sky Diamond (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon rallied, weakened close home, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Daruband (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Brown Pete (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 9th of 14, 5l behind Liberty To Rock (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Pacific Reach 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leading pair, pushed along to chase winner inside final 3f, no impression when lost 2nd 2f out, weakened to 4th final 120 yards, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mad Ginger Alice (8-12) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.