TSAR BOMBA was evidently unsuited by the testing ground on his handicap debut over 7f at Yarmouth in October. But he had fared much better over today's distance before that and David Barron's three-year-old gets the nod to land this. Lily Wood looks to be running into form and is not without a chance, while better is expected of Rose Bed in what is a poor contest.
Ariel Bender 33-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, in rear and outpaced over 2f out, last of 8, 17l behind Mr Emirati (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Cheveyo (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, driven along 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 14l behind Yankee Storm (9-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Tsar Bomba (USA) 7-1 (9-7) Held up, stayed center and led this trio 5f out, soon no chance with stands side, 13th of 14, 45l behind Franki J (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Gessabelle 20-1 (8-13) Soon pushed along to chase leader, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 8l behind Picansort (9-3) at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Leahness (IRE) 14-1 (8-0) In rear, never near leaders, 7th of 14, 6l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-58 (6) fbs in Nov.
Lily Wood 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and hung left inside final furlong, stayed on to chase leading pair final 50 yards, no impression, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Boy The Bell (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Rose Bed (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Disputed lead until 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 10l behind Nadinska (8-12) at Bath 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Oct.
True Red (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) With leaders early, chased leaders after until weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 7l behind Bidruma (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.