Plenty of the more exposed types have a chance if running up to their best, but a chance is taken on handicap debutant ECO WARRIOR. He kept on well for second here on his return from a four-month absence and there should be more to come from John Hills' charge. Derfenna Art finished ahead of previous course winner Minstrel Lad last month and both have claims in this, along with Taxiformissbyron. Auden carries a penalty for his win at Southwell but Shirazz is another to consider dropping back to her winning trip.
Auden (USA) 11-4fav (9-10) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven and all out, won at Southwell 1m 3f (6) fbs in Dec beating On The Cusp (9-5) by shd, 13 ran.
Time Square (FR) 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 12l behind Thankyou Very Much (8-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Taxiformissbyron 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and kept on towards finish, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Do More Business (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Derfenna Art (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Headway on outer to track leaders over 7f out, ridden to chase winner 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Tukitinyasok (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Eco Warrior 4-1 (9-5) Bumped slightly and slowly into stride, headway over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Heezararity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced 3f out, never on terms, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 19l behind No Win No Fee (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Minstrel Lad 3-1fav (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside travelling well over 2f out, chasing leader when not clear run on inside and switched left over 1f out, ridden and keeping on same pace in 3rd when slightly hampered inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Brave Decision (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Berkeley Street (USA) 11-4fav (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed 3f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Staff Sergeant (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec.
Final Delivery 12-1 (9-8) Pulled hard towards rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 11, 9l behind Lady Lunchalot (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Shirazz 5-2fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway and in touch over 4f out, soon went 2nd, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Funky Munky (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Scamperdale 12-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 13, 7l behind Do More Business (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.