Andalieb is making steady progress and improved again to finish runner-up over C&D in October. He looks sure to make a bold bid but may find RIO GRANDE too good. The latter just failed to catch the winner over 6f here last time and, as breeding suggests this longer trip will suit, he gets the vote to open his account. Great Nicanor is another going the right way, but newcomer National Hero went unsold in the October sales which doesn't do much to boost confidence in his chances. Sir Mark Prescott's good strike rate at this track is mostly with older horses and Neige D'Antan will probably need a longer trip to show her best anyway.
Andalieb 5-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 3rd over 2f out, challenged and every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Johnno (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
First Glance Passing Glance gelding out of Lady Santana.
Gone To Ground 66-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, held up, kept on one pace inside final furlong, never a threat, 4th of 8, 9l behind Just Breathe (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Great Nicanor (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon headed and weakened, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Shihab (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Kuwait Moon 66-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in touch, under pressure over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 16l behind Press Baron (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
National Hero (IRE) Exceed And Excel colt out of Miss Marvellous.
Rio Grande 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 7, hd behind Spykes Bay (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Son Of May 10-1 (9-2) Always in rear, 12th of 14, 19l behind Mick Slates (8-1) at Southwell 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Beauchamp Castle 100-1 (8-9) Led 1f, prominent, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 18l behind Rebel Song (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Holy Empress (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, shaken up over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 16l behind Golden Valley (8-4) at Doncaster 7f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gd in Jul.
Neige D'antan Aussie Rules filly out of Ninotchka.