Brown Pete recorded a double at Lingfield last month but this looks more competitive and he has a 5lb rise to contend with. The consistent Neige D'antan looks sure to run her race again after scoring for the second time over C&D, though only by a nose. Shelley Birkett's 7lb claim could make all the difference in a tight contest as SILVER ALLIANCE has been threatening to end his long losing run, including when beaten a length over track and trip last time. Mr Chocolate Drop is another with claims off his current mark but hasn't raced since September.
Brown Pete (IRE) 5-2fav (10-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, switched right to challenge over 1f out, hard ridden, ran on to lead closing stages, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Peace In Our Time (8-2) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Silver Alliance 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winner well inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Teide Peak (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Neige D'antan 5-2fav (9-5) Prominent, not clear run over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged right and just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec beating Ferryview Place (9-6) by ns, 11 ran.
Cadgers Brig 9-2 (10-9) With leader, led narrowly 5f out, headed over 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 10, 12l behind Cheers For Thea (10-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Glass Mountain (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Outlaw Torn (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Poetic Power (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 8l behind Idol Deputy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Mr Chocolate Drop (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd over 1f out until entering final furlong, carried left and no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Fame Again (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Scamperdale 25-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 4f out, no impression from over 1f out, 10th of 14, 10l behind Beat Route (9-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Berlusca (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Focail Eile (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Maz 11-4fav (8-11) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Daniel Thomas (9-7) at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec.
Flying Applause 10-1 (9-2) Dwelt keen tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Reasons Unknown (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Cabal 25-1 (9-8) Dwelt, mid-division, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Teide Peak (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.