Drive Home couldn't cope with a rise in the weights last time having won at Catterick before that. But a 3lb rise may not prevent another big run from Elegant Muse who scored over track and trip a fortnight ago. However, FROGNAL can race off a lower marl back on the Polytrack and nearly took advantage when beaten a length over C&D last month. It could be his turn today and he makes more appeal than Piccolo Express and Peak Storm, who were both placed on their latest outings over C&D.
Drive Home (USA) 14-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon hard ridden, faded final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Jinky (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Elegant Muse 8-1 (9-6) Made all, hard driven over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct beating Athwaab (9-6) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Zaheeb 20-1 (9-2) Raced wide close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 5l behind Pravda Street (8-8) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Frognal (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, raced wide in mid-division, switched right over 1f out, went 3rd and ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Lucky Dan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Mountrath 50-1 (8-13) Raced keenly, slighrt lead, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 15, 17l behind Uncle Dermot (9-2) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Cut The Cackle (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Close up, lost place appraoching 2f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Bladewood Girl (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Hey Fiddle Fiddle (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Always in rear, last of 7, 11l behind Night Trade (9-5) at Ffos Las 6f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jul.
Piccolo Express 18-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, hung left and went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Shaunas Spirit (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Katmai River (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, challenged over 3f out, ridden and hung left 2f out, soon beaten, 12th of 14, 16l behind Authoritarian (8-11) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Peak Storm 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Haftohaf (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Regal Acclaim (IRE) 11-2 (8-1) Went right start, soon chasing leaders and took keen hold, driven 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 6l behind Mick Slates (8-2) at Thirsk 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Sanad (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Always behind, never a factor, 10th of 13, 13l behind Barton Bounty (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.