SPICE BAR won over today's trip at Ripon in August and has gone close again since. He's been racing over jumps recently but Jason Hart's claim gives him a leading chance back on the Flat. Red Current is another with claims on her second over C&D in October, while Irish raider Sughera was a winner over hurdles on her penultimate start and could also figure along with compatriot Tinas Exhibition. The Drunken Dr would go close if taking part but he was engaged to run at this track yesterday.
Spice Bar 13-2 (8-9) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 6l behind River Dragon (9-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Tinas Exhibition (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden 5f out, no impression approaching straight, 11th of 18, 26l behind Whatever It Takes (8-4) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 47-65 in Jun.
Limpopo Tom (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 11th 7f out, no extra from over 2f out, 16th of 18, 35l behind Pond Cottage (10-7) at Galway 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) hvy in Oct.
Red Current 14-1 (9-7) In touch, headway 3f out, ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind The Absent Mare (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Mutadarrej (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Led, headed after 4f, chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 13, 7l behind Mutasareb (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Monahullan Prince 16-1 (8-4) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 16l behind Golan Guy (8-12) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp 50-80 gd in Sep.
Carnac (IRE) 3-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, led 6f out, headed 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Participation (10-9) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Court Wing (IRE) 12-1 (7-11) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 11l behind Riptide (8-8) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
The Drunken Dr (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway to go in touch over 2f out, soon ridden, hung left and led inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct beating Rosairlie (9-4) by hd, 13 ran.
Weet In Nerja 40-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 12th of 14, 22l behind Topcroft (8-10) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec '09.
Sughera (IRE) 13-2 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway into 9th 3f out, ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression in 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Mutasareb (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Talkin Italian 20-1 (7-13) Held up, ridden 4f out, soon lost touch, last of 11, 29l behind Nina Rose (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Empyrean (USA) 66-1 (8-12) Raced in last pair, outpaced over 4f out, no chance with leaders, 6th of 7, 20l behind Heatherbird (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.