Fat Gary is not easily dismissed despite looking in the handicappers grip and Light From Mars is capable of getting involved off his current mark. Mappin Time ran poorly here before scoring at Southwell where he beat Lexi's Hero. But the latter wasn't beaten far when he last raced over track and trip and may well reverse running. MUHDIQ is returning from a lay-off but is only 2lb higher than his latest victory on the all-weather and Mike Murphy's charge gets a tentative vote to make a winning return.
Fat Gary 2-1fav (9-7) Led over 1f, chased leader, led again 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Burren View Lady (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Muhdiq (USA) 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra close home, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Perfect Pasture (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Trojan Rocket (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Behind, outpaced 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 7l behind Hadaj (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Light From Mars 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, weakened well over 2f out, 6th of 11, 8l behind Two No Bids (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Mappin Time (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, all out, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec beating Lexi's Hero (8-10) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Steel Rain 8-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden halfway, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 6l behind Best Trip (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
George Fenton 4-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, driven over 1f out, edged left, bumped and every chance inside final furlong carried slightly right close home, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Powerful Pierre (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Chased leader, driven to lead over 2f out, hard pressed from over 2f out, headed post, 2nd of 9, ns behind Maakirr (8-10) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.