Only a half-length separated Lord Of The Dance and Just Timmy Marcus over C&D last time with the latter weighted to reverse the form. Lake Chini is in fine form but has yet to win over 7f but Peter's Gift and Taurakina have and both should make their presence felt. However, LIBERTY TRAIL bids for his hat-trick after victories over 6f at this track and Kempton last time and the booking of Jamie Spencer suggests another big run is expected. He gets the nod in a competitive contest.
Lord of The Dance (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in mid division, headway on outside 3f out, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, not quicken and headed close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Conry (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Lisahane Bog 7-1 (9-6) Slowly away, always behind, 7th of 8, 20l behind Norman Orpen (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Spinning Ridge (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Prominent, took keen hold, every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 15l behind Jewelled (9-7) at Bath 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jun.
Lockantanks 25-1 (9-9) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 14l behind I Confess (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Taurakina 1-2fav (9-3) Reared badly leaving stalls and slowly away, headway to lead over 4f out, clear 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, no extra and headed towards finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Desert Strike (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 5-1fav (8-13) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Out Of Nothing (8-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Liberty Trail (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Always prominent, driven to lead over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Clerical (9-0) by 2l, 6 ran.
Just Timmy Marcus 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Conry (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Peter's Gift (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating My Name Is Bert (8-8) by 1l, 10 ran.
Safwaan 16-1 (9-3) Always in rear, 13th of 14, 8l behind Scottish Glen (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (5) pol in Nov.
Dubai Legend 25-1 (9-1) Raced wide, held up, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 16l behind Danzoe (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Lake Chini (IRE) 7-2fav (8-10) Dwelt, behind, ridden over 1f out, soon headway, stayed on strongly to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Grudge (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.